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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

OFCCP Director Leen Announces VEVRAA Focused Reviews to Begin Soon

During the opening remarks of the 2020 NILG Annual Conference – this year being held virtually as the NILG 2020 Webinar Series – OFCCP Director Craig Leen announced the Agency will initiate VEVRAA Focused Reviews in as little as two weeks.  Prefacing that the Agency will be giving consideration for the COVID-19 pandemic, Director Leen announced... Continue Reading…
July 6, 2020

OFCCP Finalizes Rule Confirming No Jurisdiction Over TRICARE Providers

OFCCP has finalized its rule making to officially confirm the Agency does not, and should not, exert authority over TRICARE providers.  OFCCP first took this position in a proposed rule making in November 2019.  In the final rule, OFCCP concluded it does not have jurisdiction over healthcare providers based solely on TRICARE provider network agreements. ... Continue Reading…
July 1, 2020

OFCCP Director Craig Leen Participates in Virtual Confirmation Hearing for Inspector General Role

So, it has begun.  The confirmation process for now OFCCP Director Craig Leen‘s move out of OFCCP and into the Inspector General of Office of Personnel Management initiated with a hearing before the full committee of the Department of Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs.  In an unexpected turn of events, Director Leen was nominated by... Continue Reading…
June 3, 2020

OFCCP Receives Approval of Modified Section 503 Disability Self-ID Form

OFCCP announced today it has received approval of a modified Self-Identification form for individuals with disabilities.  One of the biggest changes is the form is now one page, instead of two. OFCCP requested approval of the modified form from Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last year. With this approval, OFCCP is giving contractors until... Continue Reading…
May 8, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: No EEO-1 Reporting in 2020

EEOC has announced there will be no EEO-1 reporting obligation in 2020. In a press release, EEOC acknowledged it will delay the anticipated opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection and the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. The announcement stated that [p]ending... Continue Reading…
May 7, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: No EEO-1 Reporting in 2020

EEOC has announced there will be no EEO-1 reporting obligation in 2020. In a press release, EEOC acknowledged it will delay the anticipated opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection and the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. The announcement stated that [p]ending... Continue Reading…
May 7, 2020

OFCCP Posts Guidance on Upcoming Veteran Focused Reviews

As anticipated, but with little fanfare, OFCCP has published a VEVRAA Focused Review landing page.  Much like the page it created for Section 503 Individuals with Disabilities Focused Reviews, the Agency’s veterans technical assistance page provides FAQs and Best Practices. With the recent approval of the VEVRAA Scheduling Letter and the release of this technical assistance... Continue Reading…
April 30, 2020

OFCCP Issues Ombuds Service Protocol Detailing the Role of the Ombudsman

In the third of three new Directives (Directive (DIR) 2020-04), OFCCP has formalized and clarified the role of the Ombudsman in facilitating resolution of conflict between contractors and OFCCP. The Ombuds Service Protocol, among other important clarifications to Directive (DIR) 2018–09, states: The mission of the Ombuds Service is to offer an impartial and independent... Continue Reading…
April 21, 2020

OFCCP Formalizes a Neutral Mediation Program to Address Discrimination Allegations

In the second of the three most recent OFCCP Directives, OFCCP has formalized a pre-referral mediation program “to provide the best opportunity for resolving matters before significant time and resources are spent in the enforcement process,” and prior to referring the case for enforcement to the Office of the Solicitor (SOL). Directive (DIR) 2020-03 dictates... Continue Reading…
April 20, 2020

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