America’s Job Exchange was a proud diamond sponsor at the 41st AAAED National Conference June2-5, 2015, at New Orleans. We had many people stop by to learn about our OFCCP compliance solutions and our new solution enhancement, The Outreach Management Tool. Additionally, we were very happy to announce the winner of our Fitbit Charge giveaway – Ariana Wright, Attorney, Equal Opportunity Officer, Old Dominion University, VA. Congratulations Ariana!
Patricia Shiu, current Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), delivered an inspiring and informative keynote speech regarding Executive Order 11246 and its 50th anniversary (this year) and emphasized that the road to equality in the work place has still a long way to go. The journey started over 50 years ago and is as important now as it was then. She spoke about and discussed the amount an average woman loses in pay and benefits and the new rules of OFCCP that protects employees and allows them to discuss wages freely without fear of discrimination or retaliation. The compensation disparity is alarming and adds up to an estimated $400,000 of lost wages for women over a span of a career. African American and Hispanic females suffer even wider disparity. OFCCP will vigorously enforce Directive 307 which outlines the procedures for reviewing contractor compensation systems and practices during an OFCCP compliance evaluation. Enforcing Directive 307 makes things challenging for federal contractors as it is a very difficult directive to document and includes variables like tenure, male/female ratios, race, performance, etc.
Patricia Shiu also highlighted the OFCCP audit activities of 2014 and provided a summary of metrics from the previous year’s enforcement activities:
- 3,839 audits covering 1.5 million workers
- $12 million in remedies (compared to $9.7 in 2013)
- 14 cases of pay discrimination
Forecasting the 2015 audit landscape, she estimated:
- Between 3,000 and 4,000 audits which will be more in-depth.
- Audits will be closed more quickly where there are no “issues.”
- The number one and two reasons companies fail audits are due to recruiting and reporting.
The purpose of Office of the Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the federal government. As a result, extensive outreach on the part of federal contractors becomes a must. As a company that works closely with federal contractors we encourage you to get in touch with us if you are a federal contractor and overwhelmed with the need for outreach and record keeping. We can help. Also, download our Outreach Management Tool brochure and learn how to record all your offline outreach efforts and run reports at your convenience. For information about our solutions, click here.