On December 30, 2019, OFCCP updated its Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM) for the first time since 2014. The FCCM “provides guidance for OFCCP’s compliance officers . . . in conducting compliance evaluations, complaint investigations and providing federal contractors with compliance assistance.” In a press release, OFCCP explained that the updates “reflect revisions to OFCCP’s regulations, changes in practices, and to ensure transparency and provide greater clarity.”
OFCCP has provided a detailed overview of the changes and additions to the FCCM, broken down by Manual section. The changes to the FCCM include:
- Changes reflecting recent OFCCP directives, including OFCCP’s Focused Review Directive, Transparency Directive, Early Resolution Directive, revised FAAP Directive, PDN Directive, and Compensation Directive.
- The insertion of the following as protected characteristics (reflecting Executive Orders 13762 and 13665): sexual orientation, gender identity, and discussing, disclosing and inquiring about compensation.
- The addition of language describing Section 503 and VEVRAA nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements.
Contractors can download and review the full updated FCCM here.