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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[Podcast]: OFCCP Opens Hotline for Complaints of Race and Sex Stereotyping in Workplace Training

In the latest episode of The Proskauer Brief podcast, partners Harris Mufson and Guy Brenner discuss the Trump administration’s recent Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, which restricts the concepts that government contractors can include in their employee diversity and awareness training programs.  It also imposes certain penalties and sanctions, including debarment for failure … Continue Reading

OFCCP Releases Guidance on Executive Order Limiting Contractors’ Anti-Discrimination Trainings

Quick Hit: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has issued guidance on President Trump’s September 22, 2020 “Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping” (the “Order”) which restricts the concepts which contractors may include in anti-discrimination and diversity trainings provided to their employees.  Though much of the publication … Continue Reading

OFCCP Opens Hotline for Complaints of Race and Sex Stereotyping in Workplace Training

As we previously reported, on September 22, 2020, President Trump issued his “Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping” (the “Order”), which seeks, among other things, to prohibit government contractors from including certain concepts in diversity and awareness trainings.  The Order directed the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) to establish a “hotline” … Continue Reading

OFCCP Provides Guidance On New Promotions and Accommodations Focused Reviews

As we recently reported, OFCCP has issued its 2020 Corporate Scheduling Announcement List.  That list included contractors selected for two new types of reviews focused on promotions and accommodations.  Other than some comments made by Director Leen in speeches, contractors had little information concerning the new types of reviews and what they entailed. That is, … Continue Reading

New Executive Order Limits Contractors’ Anti-Discrimination Trainings

Quick Hit: On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping” (the “Order”).  The Order, among other things, requires new contracts entered into with the federal government to include a clause prohibiting federal contractors from including certain concepts in diversity and awareness trainings – including certain concepts that … Continue Reading

OFCCP Updates September 2020 CSAL

As we previously reported, OFCCP released its latest Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) on September 11, 2020, in which it identified 2,250 supply and service contractor establishments and 200 construction contractor establishments selected for various types of compliance evaluations. Earlier this week, OFCCP updated the list.  The new list is available here.  It appears the … Continue Reading

OFCCP Takes Next Step In Establishing An Annual AAP Certification Program

On September 14, 2020, the Federal Register published an information collection request (“ICR”) by the OFCCP in which the agency discloses that it “seeks authorization for an annual Affirmative Action Program online certification process for federal contractors and for a secure method for federal contractors to submit AAPs electronically to OFCCP when they are scheduled … Continue Reading

OFCCP Issues Its 2020 Audit List – Was Your Company On It?

On September 11, 2020, OFCCP released its Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL). The list identifies 2,250 supply and service contractor establishments and 200 construction contractor establishments selected for compliance evaluations. Note that the list merely notifies contractors that they will be audited in the future, which gives them time to prepare.    Contractors are advised … Continue Reading

OFCCP FAQ Provides Guidance Regarding Non-Binary Employees and Applicants

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) recently released a FAQ addressing how contractors should “handle counting employees and/or applicants who identify as a gender other than male or female such as Gender X as recognized in California[.]” In response to this question, the FAQ provides “[i]f an employee or applicant chooses to self-identify … Continue Reading

Executive Order Addresses Federal Contractors’ Use of Foreign Workers

Quick Hit: On August 3, 2020, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers” (the “Order”), which requires federal agencies to perform an internal audit of their contracting practices and the use of foreign workers by federal government contractors.  Further, the Order instructs the … Continue Reading

Reminder: Contractors Must Implement New OFCCP Self-Identification Form by August 4, 2020

As we previously reported, on May 8, 2020 the OFCCP announced that the Office of Management and Budget approved its updated Disability Self-Identification Form (the “Form”).  The Form is available in multiple languages here.  OFCCP has also issued FAQs regarding the implementation of the Form. The deadline for contractors to implement the Form into their … Continue Reading

OFCCP’s Ombuds Service Now Open For Business

On May 6, 2020, OFCCP announced that its Ombuds Service is now available to the contractor community.  The agency initially announced its plan to create an Ombuds Service in the fall of 2018 as part of its overall initiative to increase efficiency and transparency.  In announcing the official launch, OFCCP stated the service “delivers an … Continue Reading

OFCCP Lowers Veteran Hiring Benchmark Again

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has released its 2020 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) benchmark.  Effective March 31, 2020, the new benchmark is 5.7%, a slight decrease from 2019’s 5.9% benchmark.  This is OFCCP’s sixth reduction of the benchmark, which has steadily declined since its inception in 2014. The VEVRAA Benchmark is … Continue Reading

Meet OFCCP’s New Scheduling Letters, Same As The Old Scheduling Letters?

As faithful readers of this blog know, OFCCP proposed significant changes to its audit scheduling letters in April 2019, and then scaled back those changes in June 2019 revisions.  Now, close to a year after OFCCP commenced the process, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has approved revised scheduling letters – specifically, scheduling letters … Continue Reading

OFCCP Addresses Data Security and FAAP Approvals In Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we previously reported, OFCCP has already informed contractors that it “remains fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic” and provided the contractor community with information regarding modifications to its operations consistent with current public health guidelines.  The agency also stated that it will coordinate with contractors who are experiencing challenges related to COVID-19 and provide … Continue Reading

Not Even COVID-19 Will Stop OFCCP

On March 20, 2020, OFCCP made clear in an announcement to the contractor community that it will continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic “while making adjustments to ensure all of its activities are consistent with current public health guidelines.” Dispelling any thought that audit activities might cease during the pandemic and the turmoil it has … Continue Reading

OFCCP Launches Online Contractor Compliance Institute

On February 21, 2020, OFCCP launched an online training platform called the Contractor Compliance Institute (“CCI”). In announcing the release of CCI, the agency stated it “created the CCI curriculum specifically for federal contractors, furthering [OFCCP’s] commitment to provide meaningful compliance assistance.” Contractors can create a CCI account and register for free, on-demand courses. Currently, … Continue Reading

Director Leen Reveals New Directives Are In The Works At OFCCP-NILG Compensation Roundtable

On February 18, 2020, Proskauer attended a Compensation Roundtable held at the Department of Labor put on by the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) in collaboration with OFCCP. Director Leen spoke at the event, taking the opportunity to address his recent nomination to serve as the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management. He … Continue Reading

OFCCP Director Leen Nominated to Serve as OPM Inspector General

On February 3, 2020, the President Trump announced his intent to nominate Craig Edward Leen, the current OFCCP Director, to serve as the Inspector General at the Office of Personnel Management. The Office of the Inspector General has been without a permanent head since Patrick McFarland retired in February 2016. Nominees for Inspector General of … Continue Reading

Proskauer Delivers Comprehensive Webinar on OFCCP Developments

On January 15, 2020, Proskauer partner Guy Brenner and Resolution Economics Partner Rick Holt delivered a webinar entitled: OFCCP – The Year That Was and the Year Ahead. The jam-packed presentation provided legal, practical, and econometric insights into the numerous actions taken by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) in 2019, … Continue Reading

OFCCP Updates The Federal Contract Compliance Manual

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 … Continue Reading

Join Our Webinar: OFCCP – The Year That Was and the Year Ahead

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, to review the significant changes and initiatives implemented by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in 2019, what they mean for federal contractors and what federal contractors can expect in 2020. Partner Guy Brenner and labor economist Dr. Rick Holt, a Director at Resolution … Continue Reading

OFCCP Proposes Rules Codifying Procedures for Resolving Alleged Violations and Setting Thresholds For Discrimination Findings

Quick Hit: OFCCP has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) it states would “codify the procedures that the agency currently uses to resolve potential discrimination and other material violations” and “clarify definitions to specify the types of evidence OFCCP will use to support its discrimination findings.”  The procedures dictate OFCCP’s use of Predetermination Notices … Continue Reading
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