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OFCCP Proposes Revised Scheduling Letter for Compliance Checks

This is the second in our series of blogs on OFCCP’s proposed changes to its various scheduling letters.

OFCCP and ODEP Provide Insights for Good Disability and Inclusion Practices

Last Week, OFCCP Director Craig Leen and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (“ODEP”) Jennifer Sheehy, joined with the National Industry Liaison Group to discuss disability and inclusion.

Breaking News: OFCCP Proposes Revised Scheduling Letters for Section 503 and VEVRAA Data

On April 12, 2019, OFCCP posted on the Federal Register for Notice and Comment revised scheduling letters for Section 503 and VEVRAA Focused Reviews, Compliance Checks and regular establishment compliance reviews. The proposed Establishment and Focused Review scheduling letters significantly increase the data submission required for veterans and individuals with disabilities, including hiring and compensation information. Comments are due June 11, 2019.

OFCCP Lowers VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark for Fifth Consecutive Year

On March 27, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark for 2019. Effective March 31, 2019, the hiring benchmark will be 5.9 percent, down from 6.4 percent in 2018—marking the fifth reduction of the benchmark since its inception in 2014.

OFCCP Releases Corporate Scheduling Announcement List, Audits Coming Soon

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has publicly released its first Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) of 2019 on its website on March 25. There are 3,500 establishments on this CSAL. The CSAL advises employers of the company locations targeted for OFCCP audits of their Affirmative Action Program (AAP).

OFCCP Identifies 3,500 Contractor Establishments to be Audited Beginning in May—Are You Ready?

On March 25, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its FY 2019 Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL). The CSAL provides federal contractors with at least 45 days’ notice of an impending compliance evaluation (audit) by the OFCCP. Accordingly, compliance evaluation Scheduling Letters issued pursuant to this CSAL will be sent to contractors no earlier than May 9, 2019. Importantly, unlike in past years, OFCCP will not accompany the CSAL with letters to contractors further alerting them to the coming audit. Instead, the list will merely be posted on the OFCCP’s website.

OFCCP Releases Revised VEVRAA Benchmark

Just in time for its next round of audits, OFCCP has released its annual review of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) benchmark. And for the fifth consecutive year, the benchmark has been reduced benchmark. It is now at 5.9%. The new benchmark will be effective for affirmative action plans updated after March 31, 2019.

Hiring Benchmark for Veteran Affirmative Action Plans Lowered to 5.9%

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced on March 27, 2019, that it is lowering the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark to 5.9 percent from 6.4 percent. The change applies to affirmative action plan years starting on or after March 31, 2019.

OFCCP Releases First CSAL of 2019

Today, OFCCP issued its first Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) of 2019, providing advance notification of compliance reviews, including CMCEs, Section 503 Focused Reviews and compliance checks. True to expectations, the Agency vastly increased the number of locations subject to review to more than 3,500.

And So It Begins Again: OFCCP Has Posted New List of Contractors That May Be Audited

On March 25, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a list of contractors and subcontractors identified for a potential compliance evaluation in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (which will end on September 30, 2019) on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Library. The FY 2019 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter (CSAL) List is the first to be posted exclusively online, rather than sent through the United States mail.