We hope that the previous blogs have provided a solid explanation as to what an Affirmative Program is and who the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is. The requirement to maintain a written plan/s and ensure all action items noted within the plan are being executed can be a daunting task. As we begin to steer away from the basics of what the various requirements and components of a written plan are, we will begin to dive into helpful tips and best practices. As shown in the diagram from a previous blog in this series, the establishment of Job Groups and Activity records are critical to establishing a valid Affirmative Action Plan and are therefore worth focusing on.
In the previous blog of this series, we focused on the requirements of federal government contractors (prime and subcontractors) who meet the basic threshold requirements (specific dollar thresholds and fewer than 50 employees). As we progress in this series on OFCCP and Affirmative Action Requirements, we begin to dive into OFCCP’s expectations of a contractor’s Affirmative Action Program (AAP). As a reminder, contractors are required to have an AAP when meeting the dollar thresholds mentioned above and have an employee count of 50 or more.
The last blog in this series focused on who (what) OFCCP is, what they require of contractors of various sizes and why compliance is important. Now we want to provide a bit more clarity as to what these requirements are and later in the series, how those requirements impact your processes and policies.
As mentioned in a previous blog, OFCCP’s Contractor Portal, we are kicking off a blog series related to OFCCP and Affirmative Action requirements for contractors of all sizes. We begin this series by laying the groundwork of who (or what) OFCCP is and what affirmative action is. This series will focus on supply and service contractors; however, construction contractors may also find it helpful. Regardless of the type of contractor, our HR Team is available to assist with all of your OFCCP
compliance and Affirmative Action Program (AAP) needs.
What is it?
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface (AAP-VI), or “Contractor Portal” is a new platform to be used by covered government contractors (prime and subcontractors) to:
- Annually certify that they are complying with the requirement to develop and maintain annual Affirmative Action Plans (AAP).
- Upload Affirmative Action Plans and other requested materials during an OFCCP compliance evaluation.
The Federal Contractor vaccine mandate has been halted nationwide by Federal Judge Stan Baker of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. A preliminary injunction was issued today, December 7, 2021, ordering the federal government to temporarily stop enforcement of the COVID vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
Topics: Human Resources
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that their new Contractor Portal will be going live in 2022. The Portal will require contractors to certify, on an annual basis, whether they have developed and maintained an affirmative action program for each establishment and/or functional unit, as applicable.
Topics: Human Resources
DoD Inspector General Audit on Whistleblower
We issued a blog in May 2021 addressing the Department of Justice, Inspector General. The IG found that DOJ contracts did not comply with the whistleblower requirements to include whistleblower clauses in the contract, disseminate the rights and protections in writing to employees, and include required information in confidentiality agreements/statements to employees. We indicated we would not be surprised to see the DoD IG pick up on this area and review DoD Contractors.
Are You SURE All of Your Workers Are Properly Classified?
In January of this year (2021), we told you that the United States Department of Labor (DOL) under the Trump administration announced a final rule clarifying the standard for whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule reaffirmed the “economic reality” test as the primary factor for determining employee status. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021 and the Rule was set to have an effective date of March 8, 2021.
Whistleblower claims are on the rise with alleged violations of health and safety laws as well as fraud and abuse under the CARES Act due to the pandemic. Employers need to ensure they are familiar with the whistleblower laws and their responsibilities under government contracts.