Government Contractor Compliance & Regulatory Update

Quick Hit: OFCCP recently issued a request to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) seeking approval of changes to its “scheduling letter, compliance check letter, [] Section 503 focused review letter… [and] approval for a new VEVRAA focused review letter.” OFCCP states the revised letters will “provide OFCCP an efficient option to monitor contractor compliance by reaching a greater number of contractors with existing resources with a smaller contractor burden imposed during each check.”…
On April 10, 2019, in New York City, OFCCP hosted a town hall focused on the “legal industry and related fields.” Guy Brenner of Proskauer attended the event, which had far fewer attendees than the financial sector town hall held the previous day. The purpose of the town hall was to provide government contractors in the legal sector the opportunity to share their views with OFCCP. To that end, participants engaged in a number of…
On April 9, 2019, in New York City, OFCCP hosted a town hall focused on the “financial industry and related fields.” Guy Brenner of Proskauer attended what was an enlightening and informative event. The purpose of the town hall was to provide government contractors in the financial sector the opportunity to share their views with OFCCP. To that end, participants engaged in a number of brainstorming sessions, sharing their views on what OFCCP can do…
On March 27, 2019 the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its 2019 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) Benchmark. Effective March 31, 2019 the new benchmark is 5.9%, a slight decrease from 2018’s 6.4% benchmark. This is OFCCP’s fifth reduction of the benchmark, which has steadily declined since its inception in 2014. The VEVRAA Benchmark is the figure which federal contractors must use to assess the effectiveness of their outreach programs for the…
On March 25, 2019 OFCCP posted the 2019 CSAL list on its FOIA website, identifying contractors selected for compliance evaluations. Contractors should check OFCCP’s FOIA website immediately to confirm if they have been scheduled for a compliance review, a Section 503 Focused Review, or an Affirmative Action compliance check. As we have previously reported, contractors will no longer receive notification that they have been selected for a compliance review through the mail. If…
According to published reports, the federal judge who ordered the EEOC to reinstitute the stayed compensation portion of the EEO-1 report (referred to as “Component-2 data”) has given the EEOC until April 3 to provide guidance about if, when and how it will collect Component-2 data from employers.   See original post from our Law and the Workplace blog here.…
As we previously reported, a federal judge has lifted the stay issued by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) that halted implementation of the EEOC’s revised EEO-1 form that would have added compensation data to the annual EEO-1 survey submission (the “Revised EEO-1”). In so ruling, the judge ordered “that the previous approval of the revised EEO-1 form shall be in effect.”   See original post from our Law and the Workplace blog
On March 11, 2019 OFCCP announced that, “[i]n order to continue to enhance the scope and quality of OFCCP’s compliance assistance materials” and to “to build on the success of [previous] town halls,” it will be holding two town hall meetings in New York City in April 2019. The first meeting will focus on the financial industry, while the second will focus on the legal industry. The meetings will be open to the public. OFCCP…
Quick Hit: As we previously reported, OFCCP is about to introduce “focused reviews” – compliance evaluations focused on a particular area of OFCCP enforcement – and its upcoming publication of the 2019 CSAL list will include Section 503 Focused Reviews. In advance of the launch of focused reviews, OFCCP has established a Section 503 Focused Reviews webpage (“Section 503 webpage”). The Section 503 webpage provides contractors with resources aimed at assisting with Section 503 focused…
Quick Hit: A federal judge has issued an order lifting the stay issued by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) that halted implementation of the EEOC’s revised EEO-1 form that would have added compensation data to the annual EEO-1 survey submission (the “Revised EEO-1”). In so ruling, the judge ordered “that the previous approval of the revised EEO-1 form shall be in effect.” See original post from our Law and the Workplace blog here.…