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Breaking News: President Trump Issues Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

On September 22, 2020 President Trump issued an Executive Order “on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping” (“September 22 EO”) covering government contractors and certain grant recipients that outlines what those organizations cannot include in employee training. It appears, the September 22 EO covers all federal contractors and subcontractors and will require contracting agencies to insert... Continue Reading…
September 23, 2020

OFCCP Revises Recent (CSAL) Audit Scheduling List

We have learned that OFCCP has posted a revised version of the most recent CSAL on its website. Approximately 84 entries have been modified so that some promotion focused reviews have been changed to establishment reviews and in at least one instance, an additional establishment review was added. Also, it is worth noting that OFCCP... Continue Reading…
September 17, 2020

OFCCP Seeks Approval for Online AAP Certification – “Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface”

As reported in today’s Federal Register, OFCCP is seeking regulatory authority to: Require federal contractors to annually certify they have prepared AAPs via an online interface; and, Institute “a secure method” to electronically submit AAPs when contractors are scheduled for an audit. As we reported nearly a year ago, because OFCCP cannot conduct a compliance... Continue Reading…
September 14, 2020

OFCCP Releases New CSAL Audit Scheduling List

As anticipated, by perhaps earlier than expected, OFCCP has released the next round of anticipated audit.  The 2020 CSAL is included in OFCCP’s FOIA website.  The list has a total of 2,250 establishments and includes contractors selected for new accommodation and promotion focused reviews.  Institutions of higher education are also included in this list as... Continue Reading…
September 11, 2020

OFCCP Issues National Interest Exemption As Hurricane Laura Wreaks Havoc Across Southern US

As it has done previously, OFCCP announced a three-month (August 27, 2020 to November 27, 2020) national interest exemption from AAP federal contractor obligations for “contracts entered into specifically to provide Hurricane Laura relief.”  The exemption relieves these contractors from the obligations to prepare written AAPs under Executive Order 11246, Section 503 and VEVRAA. What... Continue Reading…
August 28, 2020

OFCCP Announces Modernized Contractor Tools

On Monday this week, OFCCP announced user-friendly updates to the National Pre-Award Registry and a new VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database.  Both tools appear to make information access easier for federal contractors, as well as individuals with vision challenges. The Registry is a useful tool for contractors because it identifies contractor AAP locations that have successfully... Continue Reading…
August 10, 2020

OFCCP Starts Scheduling VEVRAA Focused Reviews

As anticipated OFCCP has started scheduling VEVRAA Focused Reviews, the Agency announced today via e-mail. The announcement highlighted a number of VEVRAA resources available for contractors, including: OFCCP’s VEVRAA focused review landing page VEVRAA best practices  VEVRAA frequently asked questions OFCCP encourages contractors to contact them directly with questions either by calling OFCCP’s toll-free helpline... Continue Reading…
August 4, 2020

EEOC Announces Study of Collected Pay Data

In the next chapter of the EEO pay data collection story, the EEOC announced today it has contracted with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) to, “conduct an independent assessment of the quality and utility of the EEO-1 Component 2 data for FY 2017 and 2018.” This is...… Continue Reading
July 17, 2020

EEOC Announces Study of Collected Pay Data

In the next chapter of the EEO pay data collection story, the EEOC announced today it has contracted with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) to conduct an independent assessment of the quality and utility of the EEO-1 Component 2 data for FY 2017 and 2018. This is... Continue Reading…
July 16, 2020

NILG Webinar Series: OFCCP Policy Update

In another installment of the NILG’s 2020 Virtual Conference Webinar Series, OFCCP’s National Policy team presented updates on the Agency’s directives, regulatory activity, policies and procedure developments. Director of Policy and Program Development, Tina Williams confirmed “the agency has been busy” and walked attendees through the policy developments and upcoming Agency initiatives.  Highlights of the... Continue Reading…
July 16, 2020

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