Webinar Opportunity: Hosted by the Center for the Sustainable Separation of Metals within Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania Diversity Equity and Inclusion Group.

Trans in STEM: Pursuing a Feminist Approach to Allyship and Research.

June 13th, at 12:00 Noon

Topic: What occurs at the intersection of gender identity and scientific discovery? This talk will showcase the importance of bringing the macroscopic lens of trans activism to the microscopic world of chemistry research.

Talk provided by Dr. Irving Rettig (he/they) Inorganic Chemist and Transgender activist in STEM.

Click HERE to register for this webinar opportunity.  

Job Opportunity: Senior Director of Communications for SVPCBO Enterprise at Virginia Tech (Job #520417)

Position Summary:

The sr. director of communications for the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer (SVPCBO) is responsible for strategic oversight and alignment of a united communications program and marketing strategy for all divisions reporting to the SVPCBO office. This role aligns those activities with university-wide communications, marketing, and branding initiatives as established by Virginia Tech’s University Relations. This individual serves as a team member and partner with the university’s SVPCBO and all leadership within the SVPCBO’s enterprise.

As part of the sr. director’s responsibilities, this individual works closely with key stakeholders to enhance knowledge-share with both the university community and the broader external community around functional units and Organizational Excellence Initiatives within the SVPCBO enterprise. The sr. director reports to the SVPCBO and the AVP for University Relations.

This position is located on-site in Blacksburg, VA

Click HERE for job responsibilities, position requirements, to learn more about Virginia tech and how to apply.

Virtual Seminar Opportunity: Pay Equity Event

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Women’s Bureau (WB) proudly invite you to attend their upcoming virtual information session.

“Closing Gender and Racial Wage Gaps.”

Each Agency discusses The White House Commitment to Advancing Pay Equity and Support Economic Security. How closing gender and racial wage gaps are essential to building an equitable economy and addressing the barriers that have long hampered women and minorities. Understand the requirements under Executive Order 13665 and Equal Pay Act.

Date: June 22, 2022

Time: 1-3pm (EST)

Click HERE for the flyer and further details for this special event.

Click HERE to register and upon registration, you will receive details how to join. Questions can be received ahead of the event by submitting to Marlene Williams at Williams.Marlene@dol.gov

Virtual Seminar Opportunity: Advancing Equity in the Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) invite you to attend an upcoming virtual event in partnership with guest speakers from United Way of Delaware Pride Council, PFLAG in Delaware, Office of LGBT Affairs in Philadelphia, and The Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia.

In recognition of Pride Month, they will share information under Executive Order 11246, Best Practices for Inclusive Workplace, Resources, and information to assist you with Advancing Gender Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace.

Join and learn how to bolster your outreach & positive recruitment efforts into quantifiable results.

Date: June 30, 2022

Time: 10:00am – Noon (EST)

Click HERE for the flyer and complete details for this special event.

Click HERE to register and upon registration, you will receive details how to join. If you have any questions contact Marlene Williams; OFCCP Mid-Atlantic Region Director of Outreach and Education at Williams.Marlene@dol.gov

Webinar Opportunity: Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Midwest Region in Partnership with Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Presents: Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace.

Lisa D. Mathess, Lead Consultant with Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will discuss the services that JAN provides to the public, emotional support and service animals and current COVID-19 accommodation issues.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) will provide an overview of the laws it enforces and inform attendees of their federally protected rights in the workplace.

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022

Time:  2:00 p.m. (EST) to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

You must register in advance for this free webinar:

https://usdolee.webex.com/usdolee/onstage/g.php?MTID=e28eb14500de2c2e93fdf094a7b9920e4

 Click HERE for the full agenda

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have any questions, please contact Marcel Baldwin at Baldwin.Marcel.D@dol.gov or (312) 596-7012.

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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See you then!

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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