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.
You’re probably not feeling quite like THIS about training, but we do want to remind you of a few topics that you, as a federal government contractor, need to address with your workforce on a fairly regular basis. We can’t hit them all, but this is a list of those that should be on the radar of your Human Resources staff and are relevant to most contractors.
On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) seeking to end what is characterized in the Order as "training sessions based on race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating" in the federal workforce, the Uniformed Services, and among federal contractors. The EO provides that it will be the policy of the United States "not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating" in the federal workforce and the Uniformed Services, and not to let grant funds to be used for these purposes.
Under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts valued at $150,000 or more are required to file an annual VETS-4212 report disclosing the number of veterans in their workforce. All contractors and subcontractors who meet the contract threshold amount are required to file a VETS-4212 report, regardless of their total number of employees. Data reported through form VETS-4212 is used by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to conduct compliance evaluations. The annual filing period for form VETS-4212 is August 1 through September 30. The 2020 filing deadline is September 30, 2020.
If your company is subject to EEO-1 reporting or if you’re a contractor, Self ID forms are old news but as OMB has approved a new Voluntary Self-ID of Disability form, now is a good time for a refresher.