Notice: OFCCP Publishes New Corporate Scheduling Announcement List

the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published a new Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) for supply & service contractors, which is comprised of 400 federal contractors and subcontractors.

The CSAL is a courtesy notification to contractors selected for a Compliance Review (Establishment Review), Corporate Management Compliance Evaluation, or Functional Affirmative Action Program Review. The review will start once the contractor receives OFCCP’s Office of Management and Budget approved scheduling letter. OFCCP encourages contractors to take advantage of our suite of compliance assistance offerings and to contact their local field and regional offices for technical assistance as they prepare for the evaluation. Additionally, federal contractors and subcontractors can visit our website to find a list of OFCCP’s virtual compliance assistance events.

OFCCP has published the methodology for developing this list as well as frequently asked questions where answers to other matters related to this topic are included.  If a contractor believes it should not be selected for evaluation, it should send an email to the OFCCP Scheduling Mailbox at ofccp-dpo-scheduling@dol.gov.  OFCCP will respond to the inquiry promptly. 

Job Opportunity: EEO/Employee Relations Manager (9047) at SEPTA

SEPTA is seeking to hire an EEO/Employee Relations Manager (9047). This position will be located at the Headquarters in Center City, Philadelphia. 

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, human resource management, business administration or related field from an accredited college/university and a minimum of six (6) years work related experience in the investigation of employment discrimination complaints, position statements, and/or other employee relations activities. 

SEPTA is the sixth largest transportation system in the United States, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and commuter rail serving a 2,200 square mile service region. 

SEPTA offers a competitive salary based on experience and a superior benefits package.

For more information and to apply, visit SEPTA’s website at https://jobs.septa.org/job-invite/3186/

Q2 Meeting is Thursday, May 19, 2022

Join us Thursday, May 19, 2022, 11:00am – 2:00pm for the 2nd Quarterly Meeting for 2022!

Please see the below agenda for full details and join us for updates and an interactive discussion with partners from OFCCP, EEOC, NILG and Jackson Lewis P.C. and the special Veteran-Focused Panel Discussion from 11:10 – Noon. The topic will be “Supporting Veterans in Today’s Workforce while meeting your requirements as a Federal Contractor.”

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OFCCP Director Yang Shares Updates on Pending CSAL and Other Agency Initiatives

The Institute for Workplace Equality (The Institute) annual summit opened with a Fireside chat between OFCCP Director Jenny Yang and DCI Consulting’s David Cohen. A lot of great information was shared, including an update on the next Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL). 

CSAL Update 

The next CSAL has been highly anticipated. Director Yang confirmed that it will be released this month but did not share a specific date. The list will include 400 establishment or functional plans and will include both prime contractors and subcontractors.   

Director Yang shared that the methodology for developing this scheduling list was revamped this year. The agency incorporated use of EEO-1 data to prioritize certain geographic areas and industries where there were meaningful patterns. Additionally, the agency prioritized those companies that had been hiring and tried to avoid those companies that were downsizing or experiencing layoffs. Once the CSAL is released, OFCCP will be posting its scheduling methodology, as well as the list of companies to be audited, to the FOIA Reading Room. This is the approach OFCCP has taken for the last several years and we are encouraged to see that this process will continue.  

Director Yang also shared that OFCCP has revisited the way in which the audits will be assigned to OFCCP offices. For the upcoming CSAL, contractors with multiple audits will have all audits assigned to and managed by a single OFCCP region. In the past, audits were largely managed by the OFCCP District office that was local to the establishment. OFCCP’s change in practice is an attempt by the agency to increase efficiencies in active audits. This practice had been announced as part of Directive 2022-02

Focus on Leveraging Technology 

During the Fireside chat, Director Yang also emphasized that the agency is focused on leveraging technology to improve efficiencies. The agency is currently working to strengthen their case management system.  Contractors under review will be able to directly upload audit materials to the new Contractor Portal. The agency is also using technology to improve their methodology for developing CSALs and audit assignments.  

Director Yang also announced that a new portal will be released in August for Construction contractors and awarding agencies. This will be separate from the OFCCP Contractor Portal that opened in February, which is focused on Supply and Service contractors. The construction portal will be collecting information regarding awarded contracts and will provide a place for prime contractors to identify their subcontractors. While information on construction subcontractors is already being collected, the portal will streamline this effort.  

Additional Updates 

Director Yang provided some additional updates and information on OFCCP priorities, which included the following.  

  • The agency will be working to increase their own workforce and anticipates adding 100 new staff members. 
  • OFCCP leadership is prioritizing training for the compliance officers. There will be a focus on developing the strength and capacity of investigatory skills.  
  • There will be a focus on identifying the subcontractor universe. OFCCP is aware that the agency has a huge gap in this regard.  
  • OFCCP and EEOC are focused on increasing collaboration. There has been greater communication between the two agencies at the national level. 
  • OFCCP is working to bring in the Solicitor of Labor (SoL) earlier in audits.  OFCCP will work with the SoL to find cases that have greater strategic impact. 
  • OFCCP continues to be interested in early resolution with contractors.  
  • Directive 2022-02 rescinded the CERT principles that were established by former Director Leen.  (CERT stood for certainty, efficiency, recognition, and transparency.)  While the agency attends to replace these principles with new objectives, transparency and efficiency continue to be important to OFCCP.   

Article credit: DCI, Amanda Bowman, as shared by NILG, VP, Tony Kaylin

Announcement: Q2 (Virtual) Meeting-Save the Date!

The Philadelphia Liberty ILG will host its Q2 meeting (virtually) on Thursday, May 19th from 11am – 2pm.

Join us for updates and an interactive discussion with partners from OFCCP, EEOC, NILG and Jackson Lewis P.C.

In addition, we will also host, from 11:10am – Noon, a Veteran-Focused Panel Discussion on the topic of “Supporting Veterans in Today’s Workforce while meeting your requirements as a Federal Contractor.” The panel of experts will include OFCCP agency representation, Federal Contractor Representation and a host of Veteran Panel Participants.

Save the date!

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EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL WEBINAR: What Do I Need to Know About Digital Accessibility?

When: April 26, 2022 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presented by: Jeff Wissel, Chief Accessibility Officer, Disability:IN

Organized by Disability:IN in collaboration with companies participating on the Global Roundtables EMEA & LATAM Councils. Learn more at www.DisabilityIN.org.

Please share this invitation with other multinational companies.

Topics include: The proximity of disability, What is digital accessibility?, What is accessibility, in general?, and Senior Leadership support.

Jeff will provide 2-3 tangible steps and explain how to adapt digital accessibility to diverse cultures around the world. ASL, IS and captioning in English and access to captioning in 15 additional languages via Stream Text.

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Untapped Potential: Reimagining Equity for Workers With Gaps in Employment History

On April 28, 2022, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will host, as part of the Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE), the virtual roundtable Untapped Potential: Reimagining Equity for Workers with Gaps in Employment History to discuss challenges workers face when reentering the workforce after periods of unemployment.

As employers confront changing labor market dynamics, many are searching for strategies to recruit and hire new and diverse talent. Yet, many employers routinely decline to hire applicants with gaps in their employment history. Such practices can screen out otherwise qualified applicants from underrepresented groups, including caregivers, older workers seeking to re-enter the workforce, people with long-term disabilities, and formerly incarcerated individuals. Speakers will highlight the barriers that individuals with gaps in employment history face when looking for good jobs, the strengths these workers offer to employers, and promising practices recruiters and hiring officials can use to attract this untapped talent.

HIRE is a multi-year joint initiative that will engage a broad array of stakeholders to expand access to good jobs for workers from underrepresented communities and help address key hiring and recruiting challenges. The HIRE fact sheet contains more information.

Date & Time: April 28, 2022, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Speakers: 

  • Jenny R. Yang, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Charlotte A. Burrows, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Eve Hill, Chair, Board of Trustees, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy
  • Teresa Y. Hodge, Executive Director, Mission: Launch
  • Elizabeth Gedmark, Vice President, A Better Balance
  • Heather Tinsley-Fix, Senior Advisor, Financial Resilience, AARP
  • Additional Speakers TBD 

Register: https://eeoc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_hwUhHWDuSO2yLfV4NSCn5w Registration is required and there is no cost. Video/Dial-in information will be sent separately upon registration. Livestream overflow will be on the EEOC’s YouTube page. 

Announcement: Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark is 5.5 Percent

Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark is 5.5 Percent

The 2022 Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) national hiring benchmark was recently updated on the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database.  The current national benchmark is 5.5%.

Looking for prior national percentages? The VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database displays a chart of the annual national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force from prior years along with their effective dates. State-level veteran availability data has also been updated in the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database for federal contractors and subcontractors who calculate an individualized hiring benchmark using the five-factor method.  Need more information on VEVRAA requirements? Visit our VEVRAA information page, or contact the OFCCP Help Desk at 1-800-397-6251 or online.

Announcement: OFCCP New Directive 2022-02

On March 31, 2022, OFCCP issued a new directive to promote effective enforcement of its equal employment opportunity laws. The new directive, DIR 2022-02, Effective Compliance Evaluations and Enforcement, provides updated guidance on agency compliance evaluation policies and expectations for contractors. 

Among other things, DIR 2022-02 provides an update on OFCCP’s scheduling procedures, and notably includes a statement indicating that while “OFCCP will continue to post a CSAL to notify contractors that they are included in OFCCP’s scheduling list”, “OFCCP will no longer delay scheduling of contractors for 45 days after issuance of a CSAL.  As of the effective date of the directive, OFCCP may begin scheduling contractors upon the publication of the CSAL.” 

Additional information regarding DIR 2022-02 can be found in the OFCCP bulletin distributed on March 31st.

2022 Nominations
Lois Ellen Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award

The NILG is now accepting nominations through Tuesday, May 15, 2022 for the 2022 Lois Ellen Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award.

Very few times in life do you encounter someone who is the heart and soul of a community, and for the EEO/AA community, Lois E. Baumerich was just that.

She dedicated her time, talent, expertise and energy to the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG), Northeast Region Corporate Industry Liaison Group (NERC), and other professional organizations. A role model to many affirmative action professionals, Lois gave of herself endlessly in pursuit of equality, affirmative action, and inclusion. Sadly, the EEO/AA community was shaken on July 18, 2007, when Lois passed from a heart attack following a pipe explosion in Manhattan near Grand Central Station.

While the NILG community certainly misses her quiet demeanor, kindness, and her wealth of knowledge, her memory lives on through the Lois E. Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award established in her honor. Each year, nominations are accepted to recognize an EEO/AA professional who embodies the high standards of education and community support set forth by Lois all those years ago.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, nomination process, past winners and to learn more abut Lois Baumerich, visit: https://www.nationalilg.org/awards/

Have a friend or colleague that fits the bill, or feel as though your work aligns? Submit an application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PTRNMTD

The recipient of this year’s award will be announced from the general stage at the NILG 2022 National Conference. In addition to free registration, the recipient will have the opportunity to accept the award in front of their peers, and share a bit about their journey.

Have questions about the application process? Email at info@nationalilg.org.