October 26, 2020

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October 26, 2020

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OFCCP Issues National Interest Exemption for Coronavirus Response Efforts

In an effort to facilitate response efforts for COVID-19, Director Craig Leen of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it is issuing a national interest exemption on March 17, 2020, to new supply and service and construction contracts entered into from March 17, 2020, through June 17, 2020. The national interest exemption allows a modification to the equal opportunity clauses, which relieves contractors and subcontractors from all affirmative action obligations, for covered contracts.

The national interest exemption does not apply to the processing of complaints of discrimination or exempt federal contractors from their obligations under other federal, state, or local civil rights laws.

OFCCP has also published FAQs and resources for new contractors on its website.

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About this Author

T. Scott Kelly, Defense Contracting Attorney, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins Law firm

Scott Kelly provides practical solutions for federal contractors and subcontractors across the United States to comply with the ever-changing affirmative action obligations imposed by doing business with the federal government.  He advocates on behalf of his clients in compliance evaluations and administrative enforcement actions triggered by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).  Mr. Kelly assists manufacturing, transportation, construction, food processing, hospitality, healthcare, and financial institutions...

Tina Lam Associate Birmingham Employment

Tina earned her J.D. and M.B.A. in May 2012 from Samford University, where she served as an Associate Editor and later as an Articles Editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. She also served as Justice of Phi Alpha Delta, President of Women in Law, Associate Director of Cumberland’s Trial Advocacy Board, Lieutenant Governor of Alabama for Regional Affairs for the American Bar Association Student Division, and member of the Career Development Advisory Board. Tina also interned for the Honorable Elisabeth A. French of the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

After law school, Tina practiced with a firm in New York City but felt the calling to return to her home state of Alabama in 2014. Once back in Birmingham, Tina practiced general civil litigation, including class actions and financial services litigation, with a boutique Birmingham firm. She has successfully defended her clients in all levels of state and federal court.

Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, reading, and watching SEC football and ACC basketball. Tina has a passion for learning languages and is currently trying to become trilingual.