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May 09 2018
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP reveals selection method for latest wave of audits

For the first time in recent memory, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has explained how it developed its first list of companies to audit in 2018 for affirmative action compliance. The agency cautioned that it may change its selection tactics in the future, and it has no…

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Apr 11 2018
Affirmative ActionHarassment & DiscriminationHiring  

Federal contractors settle with OFCCP

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted more settlements online, after employers with federal contracts agreed to settle allegations of discrimination in pay and hiring. The OFCCP had conducted affirmative action audits of the contractors. The companies below denied the agency’s allegations but eventually agreed to pay significant sums…

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Apr 11 2018
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP updates VEVRAA hiring benchmark effective March 31, 2018

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that the hiring benchmark for veterans has dropped again, to 6.4 percent from 6.7 percent. The change took effect on March 31, 2018, which means that federal contractors with written affirmative action plan (AAP) dates on or after that date…

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Mar 23 2018
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP will allow opportunity for input before issuing Notice of Violation

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a change in policy that will allow federal contractors an opportunity to rebut preliminary findings of discrimination before the agency issues an official Notice of Violation. Directive 2018-01 instructs OFCCP staff to always give federal contractors a Predetermination Notice if…

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Mar 01 2018
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP to adjust compliance evaluation process in 2018

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will “rebalance the agency’s mix of scheduling and conducting” affirmative action audits in Fiscal Year 2018, according to the newly released FY 2017 Financial Report from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The report acknowledges that since 2009, the OFCCP gradually conducted fewer and fewer audits…

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Feb 27 2018
Affirmative Action  

Federal contractors: New corporate scheduling announcement letters released for 2018

Federal contractors, watch your mailbox for a corporate scheduling announcement letter from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). According to the agency’s website, 1,000 letters were mailed on February 1, 2018. The letters are a courtesy notice that a facility has been selected for an affirmative action audit to…

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Jan 22 2018
Affirmative Action  

New OFCCP webpage highlights Native American program

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has unveiled a new webpage highlighting its efforts to support the employment of Native Americans by federal contractors. The agency’s Indian and Native American Employment Rights Program (INAERP) has been around since 2013, but wasn’t widely publicized. Most of the webpage is geared toward…

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Oct 23 2017
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

OFCCP secures significant settlements from federal contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) hustled to wrap up major financial settlements from federal contractors as the federal government’s fiscal year drew to a close on September 30, 2017. The settlements were the result of the OFCCP’s focus on hiring, placement (“steering”), and compensation practices during random affirmative action audits. Below…

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Sep 19 2017
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

OFCCP audit results in $3.22 million payment by B&H Foto

Following an affirmative action audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), federal contractor B&H Foto & Electronics Corp. has agreed to pay $3,220,000 in back pay and interest to affected workers. The OFCCP alleged that the company systematically discriminated against applicants and employees in its warehouse in Brooklyn Navy…

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Aug 04 2017
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

KPMG agrees to pay $420K to rejected Asian applicants

Following an affirmative action audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), KPMG LLP agreed to pay $420,000 in back pay, interest, and benefits to 60 Asian applicants it rejected for associate auditor jobs in New Jersey. The company also agreed to offer positions to 6 of the…

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