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OFCCP’s Recent FAQ Clarifies How Contractors May Document Invitations To Self-Identify

As part of its ongoing effort to answer questions concerning last year’s Section 503 regulations, OFCCP recently posted a new FAQ that highlights how contractors may document compliance with the requirement to invite applicants and employees to self-identify a disability.  The FAQ clarifies how contractors may store the invitation to self-identify and the subsequent data … Continue Reading

OFCCP to Publicize New Affirmative Action Requirements

Speaking to employers during a June 6 affirmative action conference, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) Director Patricia Shiu announced the agency’s plan to launch a public service announcement (PSA) explaining to employees the disability affirmative action requirements imposed by the new regulations issued by OFCCP under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act … Continue Reading

OFCCP Adds New Resources to Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory

Last month, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) created the Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory.  The goal of the Directory is to assist contractors in locating community and other resources for recruiting veterans and individuals with disabilities.  The Directory contains a non-exhaustive list of groups and organizations that are available to provide … Continue Reading

OFCCP Updates FAQs On Section 503 And Veterans’ Regulations

OFCCP recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on the implementation of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act final rules.  The most recent FAQs address questions regarding the availability of the “EEO is the Law” poster, the ability to use human resource information systems as the … Continue Reading

District Court Rejects Challenge to Section 503 Final Rule

On Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in favor of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) recent rule implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, denying a challenge by the Associated Builders and Contractors trade organization (“ABC”).  As a result, OFCCP’s Rule—“Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and … Continue Reading

The New Veterans and Disability Regulations Go Into Effect on March 24: Are You Ready?

Many contractors have been preparing for the past several months for the first group of compliance obligations imposed by the Final Rules adopted by OFCCP in August 2013.  In five short days, the first set of obligations will become effective.  Is your organization ready to implement the first set of compliance obligations?  Does it have … Continue Reading

OFCCP Updates Website With Resources For Section 503 Compliance

OFCCP recently updated its website with additional information for contractors to assist with their compliance with the final rule issued under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.  The information addresses recruiting individuals with disabilities, encouraging self-disclosure of disabilities, and information about assistive technology.  OFCCP also recently updated other parts of its website as discussed in … Continue Reading

House Committee Seeks Information from OFCCP on Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities

On September 19, 2013, two members of the House of Representatives’ Education and Workforce Committee sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez seeking additional information regarding the regulations recently adopted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) regarding individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.  As previously discussed, those regulations impose … Continue Reading

OFCCP Rules Published in Federal Register with Effective Date of March 24, 2014

Today, the OFCCP’s new regulations interpreting Section 503 and VEVRAA were published in the Federal Register.  The rules can be found here and here.  Publication in the Federal Register sets the effective date for the rules as March 24, 2014.  As previously discussed, contractors should start planning the implementation of the compliance requirements imposed by … Continue Reading

OFCCP Issues Final Rules on Affirmative Action Obligations for Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) today released its final rules implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act regarding individuals with disabilities.  The rules bring about significant changes for the obligations of federal contractors to take affirmative action regarding veterans and individuals with disabilities.… Continue Reading

Contractors: Is Your Company’s Web Site Accessible to Individuals With Disabilities? (OFCCP Thinks It Should Be)

In December, 2011, the Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) caused much consternation among the federal contracting community by publishing proposed changes to the affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations of contractors and subcontractors regarding individuals with disabilities.  Much has been written and discussed regarding the proposed data tracking requirements, utilization goals, solicitation requirements, and outreach … Continue Reading
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