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Steps to Determining Availability of Qualified Minority and Female Job Candidates

As part of a statistical analysis for an affirmative action program for minorities and females, contractors must estimate external availability in order to determine utilization and annual placement goals. Contractors are required to “use the most current and discrete statistical information available,” which includes census data from local job services and data from colleges and training institutions, in their external availability analyses. So how do you find the appropriate availability data for a reasonable recruitment area and a particular job title?

OFCCP Updates Its Key Personnel; Quietly Announces New Director

According to an update on the website of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), there has been a shift in some “key personnel.” According to the changes, Ondray T. Harris will be the new OFCCP director. Harris was previously a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration and the director of the Department of Justice from 2007 to 2010.

Do Job Descriptions Really Matter in an OFCCP Compliance Review?

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) does not require that employers create written job descriptions for positions within their companies; however, well-written job descriptions can play a vital role before and during an OFCCP compliance review.

Breaking News: New OFCCP Director Identified

The U.S. Department of Labor has quietly identified a new Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. An industry news outlet is reporting DOL has confirmed Ondray T. Harris will be the new head of the agency. A new update to OFCCP’s website lists him as the Director of the Agency. Interim Director Tom Dowd is listed as the Deputy Director.

Still No New Director for OFCCP

As of today, OFCCP remains without a new director. According to Bloomberg News, an industry news outlet, the Department of Labor has confirmed Craig Leen has begun work as a “senior advisor” within OFCCP. No additional information regarding his role was provided.

Looking for Diversity Referral Sources? Start With the OFCCP Directory

Under 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-217(c); 60-300.44(f); and 60-741.44(f), federal contractors must document outreach and recruitment efforts for qualified minorities, females, and individuals with disabilities, as well as protected veterans (if the contractor is subject to veteran regulations). In an effort to help contractors identify programs that assist in providing job referral services to women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) maintains an Employment Referral Resource Directory.

The New OFCCP Director: Trump Administration to Tap Florida City Attorney

We understand that the Trump administration has chosen Craig E. Leen to serve as senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. Leen, who until recently was the city attorney for Coral Gables, Florida, is anticipated to be the next director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

BREAKING NEWS: Craig Leen Anticipated To Be New OFCCP Director

In an unexpected, but much awaited move, it is anticipated Craig Leen will be named as the new head of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”). While the Department of Labor has not formally confirmed or commented on this development, Leen’s appointment would come more than a year after Patricia Shiu departed the position in November 2016. Since that time, Tom Dowd has held the position of interim Director at OFCCP.

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Increased Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage for federal contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658 will be $10.35/ hour. The announcement was made via posting in the federal register on September 15, 2017. The wage rate for tipped employees will also increase to $7.25/hour.

Further Hurricane Relief for Federal Contractors: No Citation for Late Veterans Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that federal contractors will not be cited for filing their VETS-4212 reports late—as long as they are filed by November 15, 2017. The DOL has made the change in another attempt to accommodate those who have been affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.