The new regulations governing the VEVRAAand Section 503 of The Rehabilitation Act, passed by the Department of Labor OFCCP office, are game changers. There is much confusion and many unanswered questions among federal contractors. How does one survive an OFCCP audit in the light of such stringent and sometimes conflicting requirements? To decode and demystify the new rules, Matthew J. Camardella Esq. of Jackson Lewis was at the inaugural compliance conference, hosted by America’s Job Exchange (AJE) in September, to shed some much needed light on the matter. Continue reading →
Actionable Tips to Meet New Record Keeping and Metrics Mandates by the OFCCP
The Federal Register has updated two new rules very recently. One governs regulations for hiring protected veterans (VEVRAA), and another governs the regulations for hiring candidates with disabilities, namely Section 503 of The Rehabilitation Act. Both rules go in effect March 24, 2014. These regulations have raised the bar for record keeping and heightened the enforcement of current regulations. These regulations are fairly complex and the requirements are not completely black and white. Naturally, federal contractors and sub contractors have many unanswered questions. Recently, on October 3, 2013, AJE President Rathin Sinha along with Julia Mendez of Poplefluent , conducted a webcast in an effort to make these new regulations and the intricacies of record keeping and analysis more lucid and accessible. Continue reading →
On September 13, the Department of Labor hosted a Twitter chat to discuss the two new rules that affect the regulations of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), and Section 503 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The main objective of these new regulations is to enhance the hiring opportunities of veterans and candidates with disabilities. Patricia Shiu, Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Policy (OFCCP), Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, and Ruth Samardick, Director of National Programs for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, answered questions and shared valuable resources. Numerous guests also joined including Jill Houghton, Executive Director of the U.S. Business Leadership Network, Mark Perrielo, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, and Davy Leghorn, Assistant Director of the American Legion’s Economic Division. Continue reading →
On September 11, 2013, America’s Job Exchange hosted a successful compliance conference in Waltham, Massachusetts. In the light of new OFCCP regulations that have just recently been announced (and soon to go into effect), this conference, titled, Recruiting Strategies for OFCCP Compliance, was very timely and provided a wealth of information on hiring diversity, specifically, veterans and candidates with disabilities. The conference also aimed to elaborate on how to prepare for an OFCCP audit and ways of handling feedback given by OFCCP. Mandi Costa, Assistant District Director, U.S. Department of Labor OFCCP office, presented on OFCCP compliance review procedures. Mandi was joined by the Compliance Officers Paul Filgut and Alyne Butland from the Boston office of the OFCCP.
About 100 HR and Compliance professionals attended the inaugural event on “Recruitment Strategies for OFCCP Compliance’ in Waltham, MA on September 11. The event was designed to update the attendees about the new regulations just announced by the OFCCP, as well as to engage in a broad discussion covering topics on the regulations, outreach, applicant management as well as documentation needs. Speakers included Mandi Costa, Assistant District Director, U.S. Department of Labor OFCCP office, representatives from public agencies like Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Massachusetts Council of Diversity, and New England Center for Homeless Veterans. Also present was the recruitment business specialist from The Career Place, Massachusetts one-stop Career Center. Continue reading →