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  • Protected Veteran
    by Bill Osterndorf - October 20, 2017
    In my last article for the The OFCCP Digest, I wrote about the changing perceptions of race, ethnicity, and gender and how these changes may affect regulatory compliance. For federal contractors and subcontractors, there are two remaining classes that are protected under the federal affirmative action laws: certain classes of veterans and individuals with disabilities. While changes affecting these classes may not...
  • The New World of Demographics
    by Bill Osterndorf - September 15, 2017
    In a world where change seems to be everywhere, it is reassuring to know there are a few things that are constants. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Traffic will be congested when driving in a major city during rush hour. The federal government will issue regulations and some people will be unhappy about these regulations. While people are also in a constant state of change, something we traditionally...
  • Trump Administration Proposes Merger of EEOC and OFCCP as Part of 2018 Budget
    by Bill Osterndorf - June 16, 2017
    When the Trump administration released its proposed budget for the upcoming federal fiscal year, the budget contained a proposal for a major change involving two of the nation’s most prominent civil rights agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Regardless of whether and when this change will occur, the proposal...
  • OFCCP Takes Action Against Major U.S. Companies
    by Bill Osterndorf - February 17, 2017
    The first few weeks of the new presidential administration have produced a number of surprises in various realms. However, there has been relatively little activity involving the regulatory agencies that deal with employment issues. This is in part due to the absence of a Secretary of Labor. As of the publication date of this article, the Trump administration’s first nominee for Secretary of Labor has withdrawn, and the...
  • Waiting for Change at OFCCP
    by Bill Osterndorf - January 20, 2017
    In January of 2017, Donald Trump will be president of the United States. This is not what the political pundits expected, and it is not what most service providers working in the affirmative action/equal opportunity area expected. Now that a Trump presidency is a reality, it is time to determine how this affects organizations that must comply with the federal affirmative action laws. How Are the Federal Affirmative Action...
  • The Past and Future of OFCCP
    by Bill Osterndorf - November 11, 2016
    I’m writing this article on November 9, the day after the 2016 presidential election. I had planned to write a somewhat different article for The OFCCP Digest, but with the election of Donald Trump, the regulatory environment is almost certain to change in very dramatic ways in the coming years. Thus, I’m going to provide some thoughts on what has occurred in the affirmative action realm in the last few years, and what w...
  • EEOC to Collect Compensation Data as Part of the Annual EEO-1 Report Starting in 2018
    by Bill Osterndorf - October 14, 2016
    Earlier this year, I had prepared a series of questions and answers regarding proposed revisions to the annual EEO-1 report that is submitted by employers throughout the nation. At that time, it was not clear when and whether these proposed revisions would be enacted. On September 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it has received approval from the federal Office of Management and...
  • The 2016 Industry Liaison Group National Conference
    by Bill Osterndorf - August 19, 2016
    The 2016 Industry Liaison Group (NILG) national conference was held August 2-5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference included a broad cross-section of presentations featuring speakers from the public and private sectors. While the formal theme of the conference was “Soaring to New Heights in Compliance,” the underlying theme of the conference was the frustration that organizations are feeling becau...
  • The Problem with Availability Analyses
    by Bill Osterndorf - July 15, 2016
    Several years ago, I wrote an article for The OFCCP Digest that focused on the inherent flaws in availability analyses. Since that time, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a myriad of new regulations and has undertaken countless new initiatives. Yet, many federal contractors and subcontractors remain focused on the placement goals that are pa...
  • What is a Hire from OFCCP’s Perspective?
    by Bill Osterndorf - May 13, 2016
    Every month, the Department of Labor (DOL) releases a report concerning jobs that were added to the economy. The report released at the start of May 2016 indicated that approximately 160,000 jobs were added. Many articles about this report commented on the reduced level of hiring that occurred in April as compared to previous months, and focused on the fact that the U.S. has been experiencing strong hirin...