Government Contractor Compliance & Regulatory Update
Guy Brenner

Guy Brenner

Partner

Guy Brenner is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and leads the Firm’s Washington, D.C. Labor & Employment practice. He is head of the Government Contractor Compliance Group and is co-head of the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Group. He has extensive experience representing employers in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He also regularly assists federal government contractors with the many special employment-related compliance challenges they face.

Guy represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on non-compete and trade secrets issues, medical and disability leave matters, employee/independent contractor classification issues, and the investigation and litigation of whistleblower claims. He assists employers in negotiating and drafting executive agreements and employee mobility agreements, including non-competition, non-solicit and non-disclosure agreements, and also conducts and supervises internal investigations. He also regularly advises clients on pay equity matters, including privileged pay equity analyses.

Guy advises federal government contractors and subcontractors all aspects of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations and requirements, including preparing affirmative action plans, responding to desk audits, and managing on-site audits.

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OFCCP Will Not Use EEO-1 Component 2 Data In Audits

On November 22, 2019, OFCCP announced it will not “request, accept, or use” EEO-1 Component 2 pay and hours worked data from government contractors in connection with audits (or otherwise). OFCCP explained that it will not request or use the data because it is “collected in a format that is highly aggregated” and, therefore, is … Continue Reading

OFCCP Directive: Audits Will Investigate Discrimination Against Spouses Of Protected Veterans

On November 8, 2019, just before Veterans Day, OFCCP issued Directive (2020-01) (the “Directive”), which addresses “Spouses of Protected Veterans.”  Its latest directive is the first of FY2020 and follows up on the agency’s supplemental CSAL identifying contractors selected for VEVRAA Focused Reviews. The Directive observes that spouses of protected veterans are protected by OFCCP … Continue Reading

OFCCP Issues Supplemental CSAL – Were You Selected For A New VEVRAA Focused Review?

On November 8, 2019, OFCCP released its Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (“CSAL”) Supplement.  The list identifies 500 establishments selected for the new VEVRAA focused review compliance evaluation.  In 2018, OFCCP announced that it would be conducting focused reviews during which it would target its analysis on contractors’ compliance with  Executive Order 11246 (the “EO”) (equal … Continue Reading

OFCCP Sets New Record For Bias Settlements In FY19

Any illusions that OFCCP would disappear during the Trump Administration should have already been put to rest with the nearly non-stop activity of the agency since 2017.  But to the extent there was any remaining doubt, a recent report about the monetary recoveries secured by the agency should put that to rest. As OFCCP announced, … Continue Reading

OFCCP Proposes Changes to the Self-Identification of Disability Form

On October 3, 2019 OFCCP submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget for approval of proposed changes to its Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form.  OFCCP explained that it had proposed the changes “in an effort to increase the response rate on the form.” The proposed changes include: Removing the reasonable accommodation notice; … Continue Reading

GAO Report Assesses OFCCP Progress and Indicates Annual AAP Collection Not Far Off

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report (the “2019 Report”) evaluating the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) implementation of the GAO’s 2016 and 2017 recommendations for improving oversight of contractor compliance. The 2019 Report concludes that OFCCP has implemented only 4 of the GAO’s 11 recommended changes. The key findings and … Continue Reading

OFCCP’s Second Opinion Letter: Contractors Can Seek Advance Approval of PAGs, But…

On July 22, 2019, OFCCP issued its second published opinion letter addressing whether “contractors can work with OFCCP to develop a PAG [Pay Analysis Grouping] structure that OFCCP would accept as valid for use in future OFCCP audits.” PAGs are groupings of what should be similarly-situated employees or positions used by OFCCP for compensation analysis … Continue Reading

OFCCP Publishes New Compliance Assistance Guides

When OFCCP issued its “Town Hall Action Plan ” in May 2018, it stated its commitment to “review and enhance contractor compliance assistance materials.” In furtherance of this commitment, on August 2, 2019, OFCCP announced the publication of a number of new compliance assistance guides for contractors. These new resources are: Posting and Notices Requirements Guide … Continue Reading

Proskauer Attends National Industry Liaison Group’s Annual Conference

The National Industry Liaison Group (“NILG”) is holding its annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week. The NILG is an employer organization focused on improving interactions with OFCCP and educating its members on OFCCP compliance and diversity issues. Its annual conference brings together hundreds of HR and in-house legal professionals from government contractors, as well … Continue Reading

OFCCP Revises Proposed Audit Scheduling Letters

Quick Hit: On June 28, 2019 The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) published notice that “OFCCP seeks to revise the letters used to schedule compliance evaluations.” As we previously reported, OFCCP proposed changes to its audit scheduling letters in April 2019 and accepted public comments through June 11, 2019. In light of the comments … Continue Reading

OFCCP’s First Published Opinion Letter: Pell Grants Do Not Make Universities Federal Contractors

On May 23, 2019, OFCCP issued its first published opinion letter addressing whether universities and other post-secondary higher educational institutions become covered federal contractors by serving as a “conduit” for Pell Grants. According to the OFCCP, “solely serving as a conduit for Pell Grants does not render a post-secondary higher education institution a covered federal … Continue Reading

OFCCP Proposes Changes to Audit Scheduling Letters

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 … Continue Reading

OFCCP Shares Some News At Financial Industry Town Hall

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 … Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces 2019 Veteran Hiring Benchmark

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 … Continue Reading

BREAKING: OFCCP Selects Contractors For 2019 Audits

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 … Continue Reading

EEOC Opens EEO-1 Portal

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 … Continue Reading

OFCCP Provides Anticipated Guidance On Section 503 Focused Reviews

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 … Continue Reading

BREAKING: Judge Lifts Stay On EEO-1 Pay Data Submission

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 … Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces CSAL List Coming in March 2019

OFCCP has announced that its next Corporate Scheduling Announcement Lists (CSALs) are expected to be published on its FOIA Library in “mid-to-late March 2019.” As we have previously reported, OFCCP will not mail out CSALs to contractors but will instead publish the lists on its website. OFCCP also shared that the lists will include Section … Continue Reading

OFCCP Reveals Development of Voluntary Enterprise-Wide Review Program

Quick Hit: OFCCP’s Directive 2019-04 reveals the development a Voluntary Enterprise-Wide Review Program (“VERP”). Once established, contractors will be able to voluntarily participate in the program, submitting themselves to an expanded compliance evaluation as part of an application process and, upon admittance to the program, will be removed from the pool of contractors in the … Continue Reading
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