February 24, 2020

February 24, 2020

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OFCCP Proposes Updates to Scheduling, Compliance Check, and Focused Review Letters

On April 12, 2019, the OFCCP submitted new forms of its scheduling, compliance check, and Section 503 focused review letters to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval.  OFCCP also sought OMB’s approval of a new scheduling letter for VEVRAA focused reviews.  OMB’s authorization of the current versions of the scheduling and compliance check letters is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2019.  Government contractors and other interested parties have until June 11, 2019 to submit comments to OMB regarding the new form letters.

If approved, the changes to the OFCCP’s letters will impose significant new data reporting requirements on contractors.  Some of the major changes are described below:

Scheduling Letters

  • Contractors must identify their three largest subcontractors to OFCCP.

  •  In addition to the percentage of minority and female incumbents within each job group, contracts must also submit the specific race of each employee within the job group. 

  • In addition to placement goals for minorities and women generally, contractors must submit data from which OFCCP can determine disparities in the utilization of particular minority groups, or men or women of particular minority groups, to create separate goals for these groups. 

  • Significantly, OFCCP will require contractors to submit the results of their most recent compensation system analysis.

  • Contractors must identify the pool of candidates from which promotions were selected by gender and race/ethnicity. 

  • In submitting data regarding terminations, contractors must state whether terminations were voluntary or involuntary.

Section 503 Focused Review Letter

  • Contractors must submit information provided by each applicant or employee who self-identifies as an individual with a disability.

  • Contractors must submit applicant and employee-level employment activity data concerning applicant flow, hires, promotions, and terminations of disabled and non-disabled employees and applicants.

  • Contractors must submit employee-level compensation data of disabled and non-disabled employees.

In addition, all of the data required to be submitted to OFCCP must now be submitted electronically to facilitate OFCCP’s analysis.

OFCCP’s supporting statement for the proposed letters reveals that OFCCP intends to increase the number of audits it conducts.  For fiscal year 2018, OFCCP audited 3,500 contractor establishments, divided between full compliance audits, compliance checks, and Section 503 focused reviews.  In its submission to OMB, OFCCP stated that it anticipates conducting 2,500 full compliance audits and 1,000 compliance checks, and that the number of Section 503 and VEVRAA focused reviews will increase from 500 in fiscal year 2019 to 1,500 by fiscal year 2021.

OFCCP’s submission shows that the agency intends to seek increasing amounts of data, at an increasingly granular level, from an increasing number of contractor establishments and functional units.  Contractors would be well served to reevaluate their data collection and analysis and other compliance procedures with the assistance of experienced counsel to ensure that they are meeting all applicable requirements and identify and address potential issues before they are discovered in an OFCCP audit.

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Conne Bertram Government Contract Lawyer Polsinelli Law Firm

Connie focuses her practice on whistleblower, trade secrets, government contractors and employee mobility counseling and litigation. She frequently conducts confidential internal investigations involving executive-level employees, including alleged fraud, theft or misuse of company data, trade secrets, sexual harassment and code of conduct violations. She routinely counsels, investigates and litigates restrictive covenant and trade secrets disputes between employers and former employees.

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Jack Blum is an associate in the firm’s Employment Disputes, Litigation, and Arbitration practice, where he represents employers in connection with a wide range of employment law issues. Jack has extensive experience in defending employers against claims by their employees in federal and state courts, as well as before government agencies like the EEOC, Department of Labor, and state human rights commissions. Jack aggressively defends his client’s personnel practices and decisions while not losing sight of their underlying business goals and objectives. Jack represents clients in all aspects of complex employment litigation and has advised and defended employer clients regarding a wide variety of employee claims, including:

• Employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
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• Employment contract disputes
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• Tort claims arising out of the employment relationship

Jack also has extensive experience representing parties in litigation arising from employee mobility, including claims involving non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements as well as the misappropriation of trade secrets. Significantly, Jack has experience in both prosecuting and defending these claims and is, therefore, able to offer clients a well-rounded assessment of their options and courses of action. Jack also has experience redressing employee data breaches under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Jack also has a background in employment counseling, where he has worked closely with in-house counsel, human resources personnel, and business executives to craft personnel policies that meet the client’s business requirements while complying with applicable laws. Jack has particular experience in assisting clients with issues relating to employee/independent contractor classifications, and regularly advises clients regarding the defensibility of classifications, drafts independent contractor agreements to provide the strongest possible arguments in support of the classification, and defends misclassification claims asserted by employees and government agencies. Jack also walks clients through sensitive personnel actions to reduce the potential for litigation or at least best position the client in the event that litigation is inevitable. Jack draws heavily upon this counseling experience in representing clients in litigation.

During law school, Jack served as a legal intern in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Inspector General where he contributed to several high-profile internal investigations, and also interned with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.