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  • The 2016 Industry Liaison Group National Conference
    by Bill Osterndorf - August 19, 2016
    The 2016 Industry Liaison Group (NILG) national conference was held August 2-5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference included a broad cross-section of presentations featuring speakers from the public and private sectors. While the formal theme of the conference was “Soaring to New Heights in Compliance,” the underlying theme of the conference was the frustration that organizations are feeling becau...
  • The Problem with Availability Analyses
    by Bill Osterndorf - July 15, 2016
    Several years ago, I wrote an article for The OFCCP Digest that focused on the inherent flaws in availability analyses. Since that time, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a myriad of new regulations and has undertaken countless new initiatives. Yet, many federal contractors and subcontractors remain focused on the placement goals that are pa...
  • What is a Hire from OFCCP’s Perspective?
    by Bill Osterndorf - May 13, 2016
    Every month, the Department of Labor (DOL) releases a report concerning jobs that were added to the economy. The report released at the start of May 2016 indicated that approximately 160,000 jobs were added. Many articles about this report commented on the reduced level of hiring that occurred in April as compared to previous months, and focused on the fact that the U.S. has been experiencing strong hirin...
  • EEOC Releases Proposal to Collect Compensation Data as Part of the Annual EEO-1 Report
    by Bill Osterndorf - March 18, 2016
    On February 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a notice of its intent to modify the annual EEO-1 report to include compensation data. The proposed collection of compensation data by EEOC has some similarities to a proposal released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in 2015. That proposal by OFCCP would have affected only...
  • Who Qualifies as an “Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran”
    by Bill Osterndorf - February 19, 2016
    Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been very interested in issues concerning the veterans that are protected under the agency’s affirmative action regulations. These regulations cover four categories of veterans, three of which are disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, and armed forces service medal veterans. Until recently, the fourth categ...
  • by Bill Osterndorf - November 20, 2015
    While it’s only November, we can certainly say that this has been a year of tremendous change for companies subject to the federal affirmative action laws and regulations. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) implemented a number of major initiatives during 2015. With the extensive number of new and proposed initiatives involving OFCCP that have occurred in the last fe...
  • by Bill Osterndorf - October 23, 2015
    In the last few years, there have been many changes to the way that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) implements the federal affirmative action regulations. The agency has issued many new and revised regulations that have affected organizations throughout the United States. OFCCP has taken some particularly aggressive positions in regard to discrimination that it beli...
  • by Bill Osterndorf - August 21, 2015
    Untitled Document The fall of every year brings the obligation for federal contractors and subcontractors to file annual reports with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS). While this has become something of an annual ritual, organizations that may be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Progra...
  • by Bill Osterndorf - June 19, 2015
    It’s never a happy day when your company receives a letter from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) informing you that your company will be undergoing an affirmative action compliance review. However, there are some common mistakes that companies make at the start of a compliance review that can have major implications for how the review will close. We’re going to use this ar...
  • by Bill Osterndorf - April 17, 2015
    This article is a companion to an article in the March 2015 edition of The OFCCP Digest. As we noted there, on October 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a new version of the scheduling letter and itemized listing that the agency sends to organizations at the start of an affirmative action compliance review. The previous version of the itemized listing aske...