The OFCCP Digest is a complimentary resource for those who do business with the Federal government. Industry leaders from throughout the country share their expertise on a range of topics including affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and government compliance.
On December 9th, 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued proposed changes to existing regulations for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If the proposed regulations become final, they will create new obligations for federal contractors to employ people with disabilities. On the surface, employing people with disabilities may seem difficult, but in reality it is easier than you might think. In most cases, you just need to tweak your usual policies and procedures for finding and employing talented workers. read more
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues and is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. read more
It's a different world out there for companies going through OFCCP reviews. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is in a much changed mode from its approach of several years ago. OFCCP is now heavily focused on issues concerning veterans and persons with disabilities. Much of the focus concerning veterans and persons with disabilities is centered on the outreach efforts that companies are making to find and hire members of these protected classes and the documentation that companies have to demonstrate this outreach. read more
William A. Osterndorf is President and founder of HR Analytical Services and has been working with affirmative action/equal opportunity issues for the last 25 years in the public and private sectors. read more
Detecting bias in promotion activity can be challenging. From an enforcement perspective, promotion discrimination is difficult to fit into a systemic framework which makes it hard to get the "bang for the buck" enforcement OFCCP prefers. From a compliance perspective, there are the challenges of defining the promotion pools for purposes of analysis and of understanding how to measure the promotion candidates against each other. Each of these challenges is discussed below. read more
Sandra Scott Zeigler, Esq. is a recognized authority on Federal EEO enforcement with 25 years of experience divided equally between the EEOC and OFCCP.
OFCCP is now monthly changing its audit processes. While OFCCP's audit tone is changing (to become more directive, more wooden, more demanding, and more strident--causing many (very many) contractors to now ruefully label OFCCP a "Bully"), the substance of OFCCP audits is also changing. With a Presidential election nearing, OFCCP has "gone Ollie North": i.e. OFCCP now just does what it has the physical power to do, regardless whether it has the legal authority to do it. Said another way, OFCCP is just "jamming it through", while relying on contractor cooperation and goodwill to permit the agency to run roughshod over good-natured contractors. read more
John C. Fox, Esq. is one of the most experienced trial lawyers in the United States defending companies in "bet-the-bank" and other substantial employment cases. Mr. Fox is the President and a Senior Partner of Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C. read more
Federal contractors are about to see a new wave of federal regulatory changes that have not been seen in over a decade. The impact will be felt by federal contractors large and small, law firms, consultants, and vendors alike. These new regulatory changes will have an impact on how to effectively maintain federal contracts, avoid legal penalties, maintain documents, and hire the future workforce.
The 2012 Industry Liaison Group National Conference is the premier event of its kind that brings Affirmative Action practitioners, the legal industry, government agencies, human resource and vendor experts together, in one place, at one time, to help prepare for what is down the road and “Navigate the New Regulatory Landscape”.
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You are invited to attend this complimentary webinar on Thursday, March 29th, at 10:00 a.m. CT. The workplace is changing and companies are serving more diverse populations. Employers need to find effective ways to reach diverse and non-traditional candidates. Join the Local JobNetwork™ team and Bill Osterndorf of HR Analytical Services as they explore the impact of OFCCP regulations on a changing workforce and a changing regulatory environment. The one hour presentation is pending approval for one HRCI credit toward recertification of PHR, SPHR, or GPHR credentials. Relevant information will be shared with a live Q&A afterward to ask our experts questions.
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