Thompson Government Contracting

Complying with the OFCCP: What Government Contractors Need to Know

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Webinar Details

Subject: Federal Contracting

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Your office or conference room, per telephone connection

Course Description:

When was the last time you updated your Affirmative Action Program? If you haven’t done it recently, your practices—and documentation—could be targets for enforcement action that triggers profound problems for winning and keeping federal contracts.

That’s because regulations from the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) significantly expand the obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors. Measures put in place decades ago have been expanded to provide new protections on gender issues plus requirements for contractors to expand opportunities for veterans and the disabled.

This webinar offers the guidance you need to make sure your own Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs) reflect these changes—before you face one of OFCCP’s exacting new desk audits and compliance reviews.

Register now for Complying with the OFCCP: What Government Contractors Need to Know.

In this concise 90-minute webinar, contractors and subcontractors learn how to bring affirmative action practices—and documentation—into alignment with expanded OFCCP requirements. Experts from the Epstein Becker Green law firm will review new responsibilities under VEVRAA, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Executive Order 11246.

Critical insights on tougher enforcement. You’ll examine new OFCCP enforcement efforts, including full desk audits and compliance reviews for your AAPs. You’ll learn what auditors will look for as they seek to root out discrimination in hiring and compensation and your efforts to increase employment opportunities for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

Reserve your space now for know-how to make sure your Affirmative Action plan can withstand the scrutiny of an OFCCP compliance review, including how to:

  • Determine whether your company qualifies as a government contractor as defined by affirmative action laws
  • Explore critical differences between “affirmative action” and “non-discrimination”
  • Understand the affirmative action requirements and jurisdictional thresholds listed under Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”)
  • Prepare affirmative action plan documentation to comply with E.O. 11246, VEVRAA, and Section 503
  • Identify problem areas, implement action-oriented programs to further affirmative action, and evaluate good-faith efforts
  • Assess the cutting-edge issues in compensation analysis, applicant tracking and sexual orientation/gender identity
  • Respond to an OFCCP Compliance Review
  • Anticipate how recent developments affect affirmative action

Remember, as OFCCP broadens what Affirmative Action covers, auditors are also stepping up enforcement. Don’t risk mistakes that could jeopardize compliance—and your contracts.

Register now for Complying with the OFCCP: What Government Contractors Need to Know.

Who Will Benefit

This webinar is of value to all contractors and subcontractors. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Affirmative Action Administrators
  • Employee Relations/Diversity/HR Professionals
  • Employment Recruiters
  • General Counsel
  • Hiring Managers

Peter M. Stein

Peter M. Stein is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice of Epstein Becker Green. Based in the Stamford office, where he serves as the Managing Shareholder, he represents both national and regional before federal, state and local administrative agencies implementing, regulating, and enforcing employee relations laws, including federal agencies such as the EEOC, the DOL, and corresponding state and local agencies. He also assists in the development and implementation of affirmative action programs (AAPs) and providing advice and counsel to employers undergoing OFCCP and state and local compliance reviews; and represents employers before the OFCCP and state and local contracting agencies.

Kathleen M. Williams

Kathleen M. Williams is a Member of the Firm in the Health Care & Life Sciences and Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practices, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. She represents clients with regard to employment matters, including advice and counsel, compliance, investigations, and litigation. Ms. Williams presents management in the private and public sectors on a broad range of employment issues, including equal employment matters, sexual harassment, affirmative action, employer tort liability, and wrongful discharge. She Advises employers on the development of, and helps them defend, corporate policies, employee manuals and procedures, and affirmative action plans.

Dean R. Singewald II

Dean R. Singewald II is an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Litigation practices in the Stamford office of Epstein Becker Green. Mr. Singewald has advised government contractors on their affirmative action and EEO compliance obligations, including assisting in the preparation and implementation of affirmative action programs, preparing quantitative analyses, and conducting impact ratio and compensation analyses to identify and address potential adverse impact and compensation disparity issues. He has also defended government contractors nationwide in OFCCP compliance reviews, including desk audits and on-site reviews, developing strategic submissions, and negotiating conciliation agreements. Mr. Singewald counsels management on a wide range of corporate diversity matters to enhance corporate diversity performance. Mr. Singewald received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and earned his law degree, cum laude, from New England School of Law.

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