Volume 4, Issue 10
The OFCCP Digest Local JobNetwork The OFCCP Digest Valerie Hoffman, Esq. Dr. Hossein Borhani Carla Irwin, Esq. Drs. Richard Pimental and Heidi Kraft Kathleen Lee and Judy Young
The Proposed Equal Pay Report: What You Need to Know
by Valerie Hoffman, Esq.

Pay equity is front and center as a priority for the White House and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”). In August the Federal Register published a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) that would require most Federal contractors and... more

Valerie Hoffman, Esq. Ms. Hoffman is a partner in the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where, since 1978, she has practiced labor and employment law. As counsel to management, Ms. Hoffman... more

How to Fight a Steering Allegation If You Haven’t Been Steering
by Dr. Hossein Borhani

Recently the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been issuing Notices of Violation to and subsequently settling cases with contractors based on the allegation that the contractors have been involved in... more

Dr. Hossein Borhani Dr. Hossein Borhani is a Director at ERS Group's San Francisco office and leads its West Coast Labor and Employment practice. Dr. Borhani has testified as an expert witness in court and other judicial settings... more

Technology & AA Compliance: Is Your ATS Working For You? (Part 2)
by Carla Irwin, Esq.

Like we said last month, data is the foundation and a necessity to all things AA compliance. And I am sure most of you would agree we have a love/hate relationship with our applicant tracking system (ATS). Managing all of your candidates electronically is so much easier... more

Carla Irwin, Esq. Carla Irwin, Esq. is the President of Carla Irwin & Associates, Inc. that specializes in Affirmative Action strategy, development, implementation, training and audit support for Federal Contractors... more

Taking the D out of PTSD: What Your Managers and Supervisors Need To Know About Hiring and Working With Wounded Warriors
by Drs. Richard Pimentel and Heidi Kraft

As of this writing approximately 30% of the nearly one million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war who have been treated at Veteran Administration hospitals and clinics have been diagnosed with PTSD. This is not counting the veterans who have neither been treated nor diagnosed. It is estimated that the total number of veterans from our war on terror with PTSD is nearly half a million.

At the same time that American employers are now pledging... more

Dr. Richard Pimental Dr. Pimentel is one of the leading experts in the nation at overcoming attitudinal barriers in the workplace... more

Dr. Heidi Kraft Heidi Squier Kraft received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the UC San Diego/SDSU Joint Doctoral... more

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
by Kathleen Lee and Judy Young

October is a historic month dedicated to advancing the employment and inclusion of people with disabilities in the US workforce. Designated by Congress in 1945, this month long campaign highlights the contributions of employees with disabilities while promoting disability awareness and fostering a more inclusive workplace. Each year the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) sets a theme and leads the celebrations and observances held across the nation. Employers of all sizes and industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM by holding... more

Kathleen Lee Kathleen Lee is the Business Outreach Specialist at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School... more

Judy Young Judy Young is the Assistant Director of Training and Development at Cornell University’s Industrial and... more

OFCCP Posts Two New FAQs
The OFCCP recently added two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and responses on its website. One FAQ lists several options which contractors may use to store self-identification information, in light of the revised Section 503 regulations. Additionally, the other FAQ addresses how contractors should list remote, full-time telework positions, in order to comply with VEVRAA’s mandatory job listing requirement. To learn more, view the full list of VEVRAA FAQs and Section 503 FAQs.

OFCCP’s New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing
On September 30, 2014 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved OFCCP’s new scheduling letter and itemized listing, which were officially posted on reginfo.gov. Utilized by the OFCCP for federal contractor compliance audits, the revised documents request additional information related to the new Section 503 and VEVRAA affirmative action requirements.

The OFCCP announced that the new scheduling letter and itemized listing were officially put into effect as of October 1, 2014. Visit the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (Office of Management and Budget) website to learn more.

Final Rule Issued to Change VETS-100A Report in 2014
The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) issued its Final Rule to revise the regulations implementing the reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974, as amended on September 24, 2014. The Final Rule revises the VETS-100A Report and renames it the VETS-4212 Report; the VETS-100 Report will no longer be used.

The VETS-4212 Report requires contractors to report specified information on protected veterans in their workforce in the aggregate, rather than for each category of veterans protected under the statute, reducing the required reporting elements by almost half.

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The Local JobNetwork™ connects employers with more than 16,000 organizations across the nation, known as community partners, to provide employment assistance to constituents in their communities. We value our partnerships, with organizations dedicated to construction/skilled trades, diversity, minorities, people with disabilities, state workforce agencies, universities and colleges, veterans, women, and more. This month, we highlight these noteworthy community partners:
  • The New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) was founded in 1989 and is a private not-for-profit organization. The Center is one of the nation’s largest private resources for veterans of every era who may be facing challenges and are at-risk of homelessness. Experienced professionals provide tools and direct veterans to resources that enable successful independent living and meaningful employment.
  • WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) strives to provide comprehensive employment support services to empower disadvantaged men, women, and teens to achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment success. Located in Santa Ana, California, WHW has programs to assist with employment readiness, computer access and training services, educational workshops, and more.
  • The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware spurs the economic development of African American businesses by increasing business opportunities, providing access to major corporate markets and legislative officials, cultivating potential strategic partners, and advocating on behalf of its membership.
Visit LocalJobNetwork.com to find community partners in your area.

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