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OFCCP Issues National Interest Exemption As Hurricane Laura Wreaks Havoc Across Southern US

As it has done previouslyOFCCP announced a three-month (August 27, 2020 to November 27, 2020) national interest exemption from AAP federal contractor obligations for “contracts entered into specifically to provide Hurricane Laura relief.”  The exemption relieves these contractors from the obligations to prepare written AAPs under Executive Order 11246, Section 503 and VEVRAA.

What this means is that while a federal contract or subcontract to provide hurricane relief will not trigger the duty prepare a written AAP, the exemption does not apply to federal contractors who are otherwise obligated to prepare AAPs based on other covered federal contracts or subcontracts.

Moreover, the exemption is limited.  It does not apply to obligations to:

  • Not discriminate or retaliate against any protected group;

  • Post the “Equal Opportunity is the Law” notice for applicants and employees;

  • Maintain personnel records; and,

  • List job openings with the appropriate local employment service office or American job center.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2020National Law Review, Volume X, Number 241
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Laura Mitchell, Jackson Lewis, Management Representation lawyer, Contractual Drafting Attorney
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Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents management exclusively in all areas of employment law, focusing on affirmative action and government contractor compliance.

Ms. Mitchell is a Principal in the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group, representing government and non-government contractors in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) matters, preparing for and defending OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming...

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