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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

OFCCP Clarifies Audit Response Obligations and Expectations during COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Industry Liaison Group has worked with OFCCP leadership to clarify contractor obligations and OFCCP expectations for compliance reviews that are moving forward during this unprecedented time.  The below are in addition to the National Interest Exemption recently announced by the Agency. By e-mail, NILG shared OFCCP has informed it of the following protocols... Continue Reading…
March 25, 2020

UPDATED: EEO-1 Portal Still Not Open for 2019 Filing, EEOC Continues to Seek Approval to Collect Race and Gender Data through 2021

As an update and a clarification to the below post we have learned from EEOC that there is not currently a deadline in place for submission of the 2019 EEO-1 reports.  In fact, EEOC currently does not have authority to collect 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data. Since the advent of Component 2 pay data reporting,... Continue Reading…
March 24, 2020

Temporary E-Verify Policies Announced for Delays Due to COVID-19

E-Verify has modified its policies temporarily due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to ease the burden on employers and employees. Check out the article the leaders of our Immigration Practice Group have just released on this development. Continue Reading…
March 24, 2020

EEO-1 Portal Still Not Open for 2019 Filing: EEOC Continues to Seek Approval to Collect Race and Gender Data through 2021

Although we are about a week from what has historically been the annual deadline for filing 2019 EEO-1 reports, the EEO-1 Portal has yet to open. That is due, at least in part, to the fact the fact EEOC does not yet have authority to continue to collect Component 1 race or gender data.  On... Continue Reading…
March 23, 2020

OFCCP Grants Exemption and Waiver for New Coronavirus Relief Contracts

In a Memorandum issued yesterday, OFCCP has granted a three-month, national interest exemption and waiver from AAP obligations for new federal contracts “entered into specifically to provide Coronavirus relief.” In summary, the “exemption and waiver extends to all affirmative action obligations of supply and service and construction contracts, and other obligations as specified in” FAR... Continue Reading…
March 18, 2020

OFCCP Announces “Town Hall Action Plan” to Address Themes from 2019 Town Halls

As part of its overarching effort to provide federal contractors with better compliance assistance, OFCCP announced this week its Town Hall Action Plan, intended to address issues raised by federal contractors during the seven Town Hall meetings it conducted in 2019.   Based on “consistent themes across the Town Hall meetings,” OFCCP has identified a six-point... Continue Reading…
March 6, 2020

Highlights from the OFCCP and NILG Compensation Roundtable

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 the National Industry Liaison Group (“NILG”) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) held a Compensation Roundtable at the US. Department of Labor in Washington D.C.  Director Leen introduced the program by emphasizing the need for advancement of females to higher level management positions, the right to parental... Continue Reading…
February 25, 2020

OFCCP Creates New Online “School” for Federal Contractors

As of today, federal contractors have a new tool for understanding a variety of compliance obligations enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”). The Agency has launched a Contractor Compliance Institute (“CCI”) where contractors can take free, on-demand courses on a variety of OFCCP-related topics. The CCI is designed to help contractors... Continue Reading…
February 21, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Pay Data Portal Ordered Closed

It seems the end has finally come for at least one part of the pay data reporting story.  Today, Judge Chutkan ordered the EEO-1 Component 2 pay data reporting portal closed.  The closing of the portal signals the end of the required collection of pay data for 2017 and 2018 from eligible employers. The direction...… Continue Reading
February 11, 2020