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Judy Young Assistant Director of Training and Development, Cornell University - K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
Kathleen Lee Business Outreach Consultant, Cornell University - K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
Ask the Experts is an online forum where federal contractors and subcontractors are invited to submit questions to industry experts related to OFCCP compliance, affirmative action planning, and equal employment opportunity. Simply register your company on LocalJobNetwork.com to submit a question. Questions and answers will occasionally be featured in The OFCCP Digest for the benefit of all readers.
Question: Posting Positions to Fill with a Current Contractor
Would you be able to direct me to where I can find out whether a federal contractor is required to post a position for which we will convert a contractor to a full-time employee? We have several contractors here and often we convert them into a full-time position without posting the role, because it is their exact same position and we’re just moving them from contractor status to a full-time employee.
This is a good question, and one that not many federal contractors take the time to consider. In this situation, OFCCP would be interested to know at what point the opportunity for diverse outreach was provided. If the process for selecting the contractor was competitive and followed the regulatory requirements for posting, then the conversion, without competition, is less problematic. The safest route, however, is to go ahead and post the position as you would any other opening.
EEOC Extends Public Input Period on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment
The EEOC has provided a 40-day extension for the public to provide comments on its proposed enforcement guidance on workplace harassment. This enforcement guidance describes the legal standards and employer liability as it relates to harassment claims. Interested parties are encouraged to comment. The new deadline for public input is March 21, 2017.
OMB Approves the Disability Self-Identification Form for Three Years
Effective immediately, federal contractors must use the updated Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability when asking applicants and employees to voluntarily identify if they have a disability. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) renewed the form with a new expiration date of January 31, 2020. No other changes were made to the content of the form. Federal contractors must either download the new form or update their electronic versions to reflect the new date. This is an OMB–approved form and, as such, its content cannot be altered or changed. Use of the self-ID form is valuable for ensuring everyone has an equal employment opportunity and that federal contractors can measure their progress toward hiring individuals with disabilities.
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