Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

As Veteran’s Day nears, OFCCP is keeping federal contractors busy reviewing the latest efforts the Agency is undertaking to ensure employers are in compliance with non-discrimination and affirmative action obligations for protected veterans.

In addition to releasing a supplement CSAL list for establishments that have been selected for VEVRAA Focused Reviews, OFCCP also publised

As previewed earlier this year, OFCCP is scheduled to publish on November 6, 2019 its proposed rule making addressing jurisdiction for TRICARE contractors and subcontractors.  As a reminder, OFCCP has had an audit moratorium in place since 2014 for employers that participate in TRICARE.

The proposed rule making seeks to codify OFCCP’s most recent

The Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions (the “Guide”) OFCCP released recently is largely a review of existing standards and regulations, but it also includes suggested best practices and concrete guidance specific to educational institutions.

The complete document is available with other guidance on OFCCP’s Technical Assistance website. A summary follows.

Since releasing the

As previewed a while ago on the Agency’s Technical Assistance website, OFCCP has released a Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions.  The 80-page guide contains

  • An overview of the equal employment opportunity obligations for federal contractors
  • The required components of affirmative action programs and related information
  • What to expect during an OFCCP compliance

At a time when the Agency has begun embarking on Section 503 Focused Reviews, OFCCP continues work to prevent discrimination for individuals with disabilities. Last week, as national disability awareness month began, OFCCP quietly published a request to tweak its prescribed disability self-identification form.  The revisions seek to streamline the form and provide additional guidance

In August, OFCCP issued a proposed new rule to clarify aspects of a religious exemption available to federal contractors.  According to OFCCP, the rule is intended to provide clarity regarding the scope and application of the existing religious exemption consistent with the evolving landscape of religious freedom- based legal developments, including Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd.

Avid readers have seen that OFCCP has been busy this summer.  In August alone, the Agency attended the 2019 ILG National Conference in Milwaukee, issued FAQs on student workers, proposed a new rule regarding religious exemptions, introduced a new Ombudsperson, opened a contractor assistance portal and issued multiple technical assistance guides.  But, OFCCP

As the Agency is ramping up its enforcement efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities, OFCCP is offering another form of technical assistance to contractors.  On September 11, 2019 OFCCP will be hosting a Section 503 Focused Review webinar during with the agency will touch upon:

  • the scheduling process,
  • the focused review process,
  • common

As previewed in the Spring regulatory agenda, the Office of Federal Compliance Contract Programs (OFCCP) has proposed a new rule to clarify aspects of a religious exemption available to federal contractors. In the proposed rule, the agency said it intends to address concerns from religious organizations that ambiguity in the exemption left them