On September 22, 2020, the White House released a new executive order, On Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. Among other things, the order instructs government contracting agencies to add provisions to government contracts prohibiting the use of any workplace training “that inculcates in its employees any form of race
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OFCCP has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM or Proposed Rule) proposing to codify procedures the agency uses to resolve potential violations of the affirmative action laws the agency enforces. If approved, the regulation would significantly clarify (if not alter) both the procedures and substantive rules according to which OFCCP seeks to resolve allegations of discrimination in employment decisions, including pay practices.
On December 20, 2020, the president signed legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which includes the federal Fair Chance Act (“the Act”).
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that it will not request, accept, or use “Component 2” compensation data submitted on the EEO-1 form. This statement comes just over two months after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced it would not seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect compensation data on its Form EEO-1 next year. In its Notice slated for publication in the November 25, 2019 edition of the Federal Register, the OFCCP claims “it does not expect to find significant utility in the data given limited resources and its aggregated nature,” although the agency will continue to accept Component 1 data.
In a welcome turn for federal contractors, OFCCP last week submitted a proposed regulation to codify Directive 2018-01 – Use of Predetermination Notices (PDN). The regulation would require OFCCP to issue a Predetermination Notice (PDN) in every audit summarizing the Agency’s preliminary “discrimination” findings before issuing a Notice of Violation (NOV).
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.
Government contractors received a treat for Halloween, as President Trump issued an Executive Order on October 31, 2019 designed to ease the burden on successor contractors to federal service contracts and “to promote economy and efficiency in Federal Government procurement.”
In an Executive Order issued yesterday, President Trump revoked Obama-Era Executive Order 13495, which provided some protection – a right of first refusal for continued employment – to qualified service workers when a government contract was replaced with a new contract and successor contractor at the same location. President Trump’s Executive Order provides no explanation for the revocation, but the move was likely influenced by the new Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on October 31 revoking the obligation of successor government service contract employers to offer their predecessor employers’ employees the right of first refusal in positions for which they are qualified.