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Mark A. Linscott

Mark Linscott is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and assists clients with a wide range of labor and employment law matters.

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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 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 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

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

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

Warning: CSALs Will Not Be Sent In The Mail

Quick Hit: According to published reports, OFCCP will not mail out Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (“CSAL”) this year, but rather will post the lists on its website. Key Takeaway: CSALs provide contractors with advance notice of an upcoming compliance evaluation. Because, unlike in years past, OFCCP will not mail CSAL letters to contractors in 2019 … Continue Reading

OFCCP Invites Contractors to Submit “Burning Questions”

Quick Hit: OFCCP is inviting contractor stakeholders, and their legal counsel, to submit “Burning Question[s]” to its Help Desk that the agency can answer in forthcoming Opinion Letters. Key Takeaways: OFCCP’s invitation is its first public step towards implementing Directive 2019-03 (“the Directive”) which outlined the agency’s plan to enhance the utility of its existing … Continue Reading

OFCCP Seeks Applicants for “Ombudsman” Position

Quick Hit: OFCCP has requested applications for its newly created “Ombudsman” position. The opening follows the issuance of Directive 2018-09 (the “Directive”), which announced the “planned implementation of an Ombud Service” to address specific concerns “raised by OFCCP external stakeholders.” Key Takeaways: OFCCP issued Directive 2018-09 in September. As we noted in this blog at the time, … Continue Reading
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