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OFCCP Focused Reviews Coming in FY 2019

On August 10, 2018, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a new directive, 2018-04, announcing a plan to implement focused reviews of contractors’ compliance with Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). This new directive comes a week after OFCCP’s Acting Director Craig Leen discussed such a plan at the Industry Liaison Group National Conference in Anaheim, California.

OFCCP Orders Staff to Respect Contractors' Religious Freedoms

On August 10, 2018, Craig Leen, Acting Director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), issued a new directive, 2018-03, instructing staff to take into account in their affirmative action and equal employment opportunity enforcement activities recent Supreme Court opinions and Trump administration executive orders addressing the freedoms and anti-discrimination protections that must be afforded religion-exercising organizations and individuals under the United States Constitution and federal law.

OFCCP Issues Two New Directives; Focuses on Compliance Evaluations and Faith-Based Organizations

Hitting the ground running, Acting OFCCP Director Craig Leen released two new directives on August 10, 2018.

OFCCP Focused Reviews to Begin in Fiscal Year 2019

In the Directive released late last week, OFCCP announced its plan to start scheduling focused reviews starting in Fiscal Year 2019. OFCCP’s fiscal year begins October 1.

OFCCP Acting Director Promises Clear Guidance and Consistency While Laying out a Program of Carrots and Sticks

In his first two speeches after taking over as Acting Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Craig Leen emphasized a commitment to the rule of law, promised to provide contractors with clear guidance and transparent enforcement processes, offered incentives for voluntary compliance, and outlined plans to identify and audit government contractors that are ignoring their obligations. His speeches came at the beginning and end of a four-day Industry Liaison Group National Conference held last week in Anaheim, California that was attended by HR compliance professionals and officials from the Department of Labor (DOL), OFCCP, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Although the conference included presentations from industry experts, the highlight for many was the opportunity to hear directly from the OFCCP, including its new acting director.

Annual VETS Reporting Portal Open

Even though it feels as thought we are still in the midst of summer, the time is here for annual VETS-4212 reporting. The portal is now open for the 2018 filing season which started on August 1, 2018 and ends on September 30, 2018.

OFCCP Working on Contractor Certification Program

Following the tone of the preceding days, the 2018 ILG National Conference closed Friday morning with a friendly conversation between Acting Director Craig Leen and NILG Chair Paul McGovern.

OFCCP Releases Description of “What Contractors Can Expect”

It has been a busy morning on the first day of the 2018 ILG National Conference in Anaheim, California. After a dramatic and moving opening presentation, OFCCP Acting Director Craig Leen gave the morning’s Keynote address. Echoing the conference’s “Navigating the Waves of Change” theme, Acting Director Leen spoke to the group about the four pinnacles of change the current administration is focused on, which are:

Change at the Top: Ondray Harris Stepping Down as OFCCP Director

Littler has confirmed that Ondray Harris will be stepping down as head of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) effective July 27, 2018. Mr. Harris will be replaced by Deputy Director Craig Leen, who will serve as the Acting Director.

Breaking OFCCP Update: There’s a New Director in Town?

The U.S. Department of Labor has confirmed that Ondray Harris will be stepping down as director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)—reportedly as early as by the end of this week. Harris’s appointment followed Thomas M. Dowd’s tenure as acting director and Patricia A. Shiu’s tenure as director.