Affirmative Action

Monday, August 1, 2022

In an announcement last week that also indicates its online AAP-VI Portal remains open despite a June 30 certification deadline, OFCCP has clarified that federal contractors that have not yet certified but have a pending Help Desk request made before

Monday, July 18, 2022

Our memo provides the latest information regarding the “HIRE” initiative, a joint effort between the EEOC and OFCCP launched last January that is designed to “identify strategies to remove unnecessary barriers to hiring and to promote effective, job-

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

While there has been no official announcement from OFCCP, the online Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface (AAP-VI) Contractor Portal is still open, despite a June 30 certification deadline. Our memo delves into the possible reasons why.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

CWC has filed written comments with the Office of Management and Budget urging it to approve OFCCP’s request to extend the Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) application and approval process for another three years, albeit with one minor ch

Thursday, June 16, 2022

As the June 30 deadline for federal contractors to certify with OFCCP’s new AAP-VI approaches, many CWC members have questions about what it means to have “developed and maintained” their AAPs. Our memo and attached checklist provide guidance.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. OFCCP is seeking approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget to extend the Functional Affirmative Action Program option for another three years, a move that CWC supports.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

In a new FAQ posted to its AAP-VI portal late last week, OFCCP has reversed course and is now saying that contractor establishments with fewer than 50 employees must be included if the contractor maintains an AAP for that site, even though not requir

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

A federal trial court in Texas has ruled that a legal challenge by that state to expanded guidance on sexual orientation/gender identity guidance issued by the EEOC last year can proceed, rejecting the Administration’s various arguments that the laws

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Sometime in the next few months, OFCCP is expected to publish a formal proposal to modernize its “60-2” AAP regulations. Our memo proves a preview of some of the things it is likely to include.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Our most recent member roundtable featured a lively discussion among participants and CWC’s staff experts on the practical implications of OFCCP Director Jenny Yang’s new enforcement directive.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

As the June 30 deadline for data submissions under OFCCP’s new AAP-VI process approaches, the agency has rolled out a new bulk upload option that federal contractors with 100 or more establishments may find beneficial.

Monday, May 23, 2022

OFCCP has posted a new Corporate Scheduling Announcement List that flags some 400 federal contractor establishments for an upcoming compliance evaluation. Industries that increased hiring during the pandemic are prioritized for audits.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

It’s been 16 months since OFCCP Director Jenny Yang assumed office, and during that time there have been some significant changes in key agency leadership positions. Our memo provides an update.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

In a positive development for employers that have implemented telework policies in response to COVID-19, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has extended its temporary policy allowing remote inspection of I-9 documents until October

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. CWC has filed a comment letter with OFCCP in general support of the agency’s announced intent to extend its Functional Affirmative Action Program for another three years, while recommending some minor revisions that we beli

Thursday, April 7, 2022

OFCCP has posted a number of new clarifying FAQs that address issues raised with the agency by CWC regarding compliance with the agency’s recently-launched Affirmative Action Program-Verification Interface.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

A new directive issued by OFCCP Director Jenny Yang regarding the return to some of the agency’s former enforcement practices confirms what we’ve been expecting for some time.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

In the first major policy development since she assumed office, OFCCP Director Jenny Yang has issued a new directive instructing agency compliance officers to ask for a contractor’s pay analyses during a compliance evaluation, regardless of whether t

Monday, March 7, 2022

As the March 31 date allowing federal contractors to begin certifying their AAP obligations via OFCCP’s new Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface (AAP-VI) approaches, key questions about how the process works remain unanswered.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

In a positive development for federal contractors, OFCCP has announced that it is seeking approval to extend its Functional Affirmative Action Program compliance option for several more years.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

The online “Contractor Portal” to register with OFCCP’s new Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface opened on February 1, but many questions about how covered federal contractors will have to come.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced that it will no longer accept so-called “Type 6” establishment records for the upcoming 2021 EEO-1 Report filing season. EEO-1 filers with establishments employing fewer than 50 employees will

Thursday, January 6, 2022

An expected jump in OFCCP enforcement activity after the Biden Administration assumed office has not yet occurred, according to data released recently by the agency. Budget constraints likely are a contributing factor.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Employers required to file annual EEO-1 reports will be able to file their 2021 EEO-1s with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission beginning on April 12, 2022, according to an announcement posted recently by the agency.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

OFCCP has announced important dates regarding its new online “Affirmative Action Plan Verification Interface.” The Contractor Portal will open February 1, 2022, contractors can begin the certification process on March 31, 2022, and certifications mus

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