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Question: AAP Recording for Staffing Agencies
I am a little confused if my company needs to create an AAP. As a staffing agency, we place individuals on an “as needed” basis to our clients who happen to be government subcontractors. For the positions that require a clearance, we are listed on the DD 254 as the subcontractor, since we hold the clearances. To my understanding, below are the requirements needed to complete an AAP. We as a staffing agency do not have any direct federal contracts or subcontracts with guaranteed funding, nor do we bill the government directly for labor hours worked by our temporary individuals. We invoice the client, and they provide payment directly to us. So as a staffing agency, would we need to create an AAP?
50 employees/$50,000 federal contracts or subcontracts
Government bills of lading totaling $50,000 or more in 12 months
The law on this is very confusing and companies are often surprised to learn they may be federal contractors. (41 CFR 60-1.40) Further, there may be disagreement between the OFCCP and a company on whether a company is in fact a federal contractor. There has been significant litigation with respect to jurisdiction (the requirement to have an AAP). It is not as clear cut as one might expect. The rules on whether a company needs an AAP are vaguely defined since "subcontracts" and "contract" are not defined in the regulations. There is nothing that requires the funding be guaranteed, only that the value of the contract meet the threshold. The DD 254 further muddies the waters for your company. It becomes a question of risk. If the OFCCP says that it has jurisdiction, the company should be prepared to respond. Note that section 60-3.10 does require the company with which you provide employees to analyze data, regardless of your company's contractor status.
DOL Plans on Revising the Proposed Overtime Rule
Attorneys for the Department of Labor (DOL) informed the federal appeals court that it has decided not to advocate for the $913 per week salary threshold that was set in the 2016 Final Rule. Instead, it plans on undertaking new rulemaking to determine the appropriate salary level, and has requested the court to confirm the DOL’s statutory authority to set the salary threshold that would make workers eligible for overtime pay.
Janet Dhillon Nominated as EEOC Chair
President Trump has chosen Janet Dhillon to fill a vacant seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and ultimately lead the EEOC as its Chair. If Dhillon is confirmed, she would take over for Victoria Lipnic, who has presided over the commission as acting Chair. Dhillon currently serves as corporate secretary and general counsel for Burlington Stores, Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer in the private sector.
NILG Opposes Potential OFCCP/EEOC Merger
The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) recently submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of Management and Budget to express its opposition to the consolidation of the OFCCP and EEOC noted in President Trump’s 2018 budget. In the letter, NILG argues that a possible merger “will negatively impact federal contractors, and ultimately the American worker.” The main issues cited by NILG include the different missions of the two groups, the chance that audits can become EEOC lawsuits, and the harmful impact on staffing and available resources.
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Under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), federal contractors and subcontractors are required to list all their job openings with the local Employment Service Delivery System (ESDS), often referred to as state job banks, in the state where their jobs are located. You can find a complete list and links to each ESDS website by clicking on the map below.
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