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OFCCP Clarifies Audit Response Obligations and Expectations during COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Industry Liaison Group has worked with OFCCP leadership to clarify contractor obligations and OFCCP expectations for compliance reviews that are moving forward during this unprecedented time. The below are in addition to the National Interest Exemption recently announced by the Agency.

OFCCP Grants Exemption and Waiver for New Coronavirus Relief Contracts

In a Memorandum issued yesterday, OFCCP has granted a three-month, national interest exemption and waiver from AAP obligations for new federal contracts “entered into specifically to provide Coronavirus relief.”

OFCCP Announces “Town Hall Action Plan” to Address Themes from 2019 Town Halls

As part of its overarching effort to provide federal contractors with better compliance assistance, OFCCP announced this week its Town Hall Action Plan, intended to address issues raised by federal contractors during the seven Town Hall meetings it conducted in 2019. Based on “consistent themes across the Town Hall meetings,” OFCCP has identified a six-point action plan, with action items intended to implement each point:

Highlights from the OFCCP and NILG Compensation Roundtable

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 the National Industry Liaison Group (“NILG”) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) held a Compensation Roundtable at the US. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. Director Leen introduced the program by emphasizing the need for advancement of females to higher level management positions, the right to parental leave for both men and women, and his continuing commitment to advancing his administration’s agenda.

OFCCP Creates New Online “School” for Federal Contractors

As of today, federal contractors have a new tool for understanding a variety of compliance obligations enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”). The Agency has launched a Contractor Compliance Institute (“CCI”) where contractors can take free, on-demand courses on a variety of OFCCP-related topics.

A Guide to Labor and Employment Obligations for Federal Contractors

Companies doing business with the federal government must comply with a litany of complex laws and regulations that affect their day-to-day business operations.

Leadership Changes in OFCCP’s Future?

Craig Leen’s performance as OFCCP’s director has generally received high marks from the federal contractor community. Although the agency under Director Leen became much more aggressive with regard to some of its enforcement efforts, Leen’s focus on transparency, certainty, efficiency, and recognition represented a significant change in the agency’s approach and substantially improved relationships with employers, while at the same time resulting in record recoveries for alleged victims of discrimination in the workplace.

BREAKING NEWS: Craig Leen to be Nominated for Role As Inspector General of Office of Personnel Management

In a surprising turn of events, the White House has announced today President Trump’s intent to nominate current OFCCP Director Craig Leen to the position of Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management.

Diving into OFCCP’s Construction Contractor Technical Assistance Guide

The recently updated Construction Contractors Technical Assistance Guide (“TAG”) provides construction contractors substantial guidance in understanding their AAP obligations and how to fulfill those obligations. Helpfully, the TAG addresses both technical compliance as well as best practices to achieve the spirit of the relevant statutes.

Checking In On EEO-1 Reporting

While it feels like we just finished the EEO-1 reporting season, the time is here again to start preparing for filing of the “traditional” annual EEO-1 survey. As it has for years, EEOC will again this year look to collect race and gender data from eligible employers. Component 1 of the EEO-1 (not to be confused with the controversial and litigation-embroiled pay data Component 2) is currently due to be filed with the EEOC by March 31, 2020. However, the EEO-1 reporting portal is not yet opened.
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