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Another Year, Another Reduced Veteran Hiring Benchmark

Under 41 CFR 60-300.45, OFCCP must publish the “national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force” for contractors to use as a “hiring benchmark.”  OFCCP’s initial veteran hiring benchmark (in 2014) was 7.2% .   Every year since, this percentage of available veterans has decreased.   This year, the veteran hiring benchmark decreased again – from... Continue Reading…
April 20, 2020

OFCCP Releases New Directives to Improve the Enforcement Experience, Including a Commitment to Increase Efficiency In Audits

In case any of you have been wondering, OFCCP is not slowing down amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the Agency has been thoughtful and reasonable in extending response times for audits and even granting a National Interest Exemption for new contractors helping respond to the pandemic, OFCCP continues to schedule new audits, now with newly... Continue Reading…
April 17, 2020

OFCCP Releases New Directives to Improve the Enforcement Experience, Including a Commitment to Increase Efficiency In Audits

In case any of you have been wondering, OFCCP is not slowing down amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the Agency has been thoughtful and reasonable in extending response times for audits and even granting a National Interest Exemption for new contractors helping respond to the pandemic, OFCCP continues to schedule new audits, now with newly... Continue Reading…
April 17, 2020

OFCCP’s New Scheduling Letters Result in Few Changes for Contractors

As we previously reported, OFCCP finally received approval of its new scheduling letters – and as a result federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to submit some additional information when selected for a Department of Labor compliance review.  So, what’s new?  As it turns out, not much.  Most of the most significant changes in... Continue Reading…
April 9, 2020

New OFCCP Scheduling Letters Finally Approved

At long last, OMB has finally approved OFCCP’s request to modify its scheduling letters, as well as approve a scheduling letter for VEVRAA Focused Reviews. At first glance it appears the scheduling letters and itemized listings more resemble OFCCP’s current scheduling letters and not the Agency’s initial requested modifications. Notably, the question requiring contractors to... Continue Reading…
April 7, 2020

OFCCP Says AAP Data Safe While the Agency Works Remotely

When federal contractors share sensitive data – including pay data – with the OFCCP, data security is always a concern.  Is your data any less secure during the COVID-19 pandemic as more compliance officers than usual work from home? Last week, OFCCP addressed this concern with a bulletin entitled, “OFCCP is Committed to Keeping Your... Continue Reading…
April 7, 2020

OFCCP Says AAP Data Safe While the Agency Works Remotely

When federal contractors share sensitive data – including pay data – with the OFCCP, data security is always a concern.  Is your data any less secure during the COVID-19 pandemic as more compliance officers than usual work from home? Last week, OFCCP addressed this concern with a bulletin entitled, “OFCCP is Committed to Keeping Your... Continue Reading…
April 7, 2020

OFCCP Streamlines FAAP Approval Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

Consistent with its efforts to encourage federal contractors to consider functional affirmative action plans (FAAPs) as an alternative to establishment AAPs, OFCCP last week issued a bulletin stating it is open for FAAP business.  Because FAAPs require OFCCP approval and updating, OFCCP does not want current circumstances to deter contractors from FAAPs. In an effort... Continue Reading…
April 6, 2020

OFCCP Streamlines FAAP Approval Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

Consistent with its efforts to encourage federal contractors to consider functional affirmative action plans (FAAPs) as an alternative to establishment AAPs, OFCCP last week issued a bulletin stating it is open for FAAP business.  Because FAAPs require OFCCP approval and updating, OFCCP does not want current circumstances to deter contractors from FAAPs. In an effort... Continue Reading…
April 6, 2020

Federal Contractors Entitled to Potential Relief Under Coronavirus Aid Package

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) provides potential reimbursement to federal contractors whose employees (1) cannot perform work on a “site that has been approved by the Federal Government ” during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency due to facility closures or other restrictions, and (2) cannot telework because their job duties cannot be... Continue Reading…
March 31, 2020

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