| Management Decisions - Moms vs. Dads at Work
by Shirley Engelmeier and Tim Muma - Oct, 2014
The subject of a gender gap is often discussed, but Tim Muma takes a look at another potential discrepancy between the sexes when they become parents. Joining LJNRadio to examine moms and dads at work is Shirley Engelemeier, CEO of InclusionINC and the author of "Becoming an Inclusive Leader and Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage." Shirley explains the differences found in pay and expectations, and the reason th...
| Government Compliance - New OFCCP Directive on Transgender and Gender Identity Status
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. and Tim Muma - Sep, 2014
On August 19, 2014, OFCCP finally issued a Directive on Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination that clearly acknowledged that gender discrimination under Executive Order 11246 covers discrimination on the basis of transgender and gender identity status. Sandra Scott Zeigler, Esq., a recognized authority on Federal EEO enforcement with 25 years of experience divided equally between the EEOC and OFCCP, sheds light on this top...
| Management Decisions - What to Expect When Your Employee is Expecting
by Kimberly Prescott and Cady Chesney - Jul, 2014
Life happens, and as a leader, manager, and employer it is important to understand what your responsibilities are when one of your employees informs you that they are expecting. Kimberly Prescott, founder of Prescott HR Consulting, joins the show to explain the obligations that employers have for expecting employees. In addition, with host Cady Chesney, Ms. Prescott will explore how employers can be proactive and be prepared f...
| Government Compliance - Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: Federal Contractors' Version of Hobby Lobby Dilemma
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. and Jacquelyn Peterson - Jul, 2014
Hobby Lobby was decided under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) argued that for-profit corporations could not have religious beliefs and should not be considered "persons" under the Act. The Court disagreed with HHS, finding that the term "persons," as used in the Act, did apply to closely held corporations. Sandra Scott Zeigler, Esq., a recognized authority on F...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 5, Issue 1
by Local JobNetwork™ - Jan, 2015
National Industry Liaison Group’s Comment on OFCCP’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Requirement to Report Summary Data on Employee Compensation by Cara Crotty, Esq. The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) routinely submits comments to proposed rules that affect the EEO an...
A Quick Look at the OFCCP’s Enforcement Data for 2009 to 2015
by Dr. Hossein Borhani - Jan, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) makes some part of its enforcement data available to the public. The data can be accessed here. The data is provided in two parts, one dataset that consists of closed Compliance Evaluations and another dataset called Compliant Investigations data. The first dataset contains the information on the evaluations that OFCCP has initiated and th...
President Obama and the OFCCP: 2014 in Review – Part I
by Ahmed Younies - Jan, 2015
Every year we like to provide you, our readers in the federal contracting community, with a year-in-review and look ahead to the coming year to ensure that you are aware of trends that could impact your business. Typically, that means reviewing the OFCCP’s stated goals against its actions and then making an educated projection of what is to come. This year we will take our analysis a step further. As a federal government contr...
Targeting Veterans for Hire
by Jacquelyn Peterson - Jan, 2015
The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) is intended to provide affirmative action and nondiscrimination for protected veterans including special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans, and armed forces service medal veterans. To promote equal opportunity for protected veterans, federal contractors...
From the Trenches – Audit Experience with the New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing
by Debra Milstein Gardner - Jan, 2015
You are going through your mail and see an envelope postmarked from the Department of Labor. Your heart starts racing and you silently pray that it is a mistake since you did not receive a courtesy letter in advance from the OFCCP. Unfortunately your company is on the OFCCP audit list and you just received your scheduling letter. Whether or not this is your first compliance review experience, the next thirty days will no...
National Industry Liaison Group’s Comment on OFCCP’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Requirement to Report Summary Data on Employee Compensation
by Cara Crotty, Esq. - Jan, 2015
The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) routinely submits comments to proposed rules that affect the EEO and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors. The NILG Board believes that representing the views of our ILG constituents around the country in this manner is vital to achieving our mission and vision. Below is our comment to the OFCCP's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Requirement to Report Summary...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 4, Issue 11
by Local JobNetwork™ - Nov, 2014
Volume 4, Issue 11 LocalJobNetwork.com wishes you a happy holiday season! We thank both our authors and readers for contributing to the success of The OFCCP Digest. This is the last issue for 2014; the next issue will be published in January, 2015. Are You...
An Update on Surveying Requirements for Applicants and Employees
by Bill Osterndorf - Nov, 2014
Earlier in the year, I wrote an article for The OFCCP Digest about the requirements that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has regarding the surveying of applicants and employees for demographic information. Since that time, the Department of Labor has released additional information that affects the surveying that is required of federal contractors and subcontractors. In l...
Are You Prepared for OFCCP's "New & Improved" Audits?
by Cara Crotty, Esq. - Nov, 2014
As you have undoubtedly heard, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released the revised versions of its Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing on October 1, 2014. These documents advise federal “supply and service” contractors that the OFCCP has initiated a compliance review and set out the information required to be submitted to the agency. These new documents were effective immediately, and any c...
OFCCP’s Year of Action Regarding Federal Contractors
by Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani - Nov, 2014
At a time when there have been difficulties moving legislation quickly through Congress, the President has often acted through executive orders, many directed at federal contractors. Indeed, this year has been a year of action with regard to federal contractors. Specifically, a new executive order raises the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors, and expands the number of workers who would be eligible for o...
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