Affirmative Action and the OFCCP - Latest Updates, Enforcement Trends

Course Description:

It’s time to get educated about the constantly evolving obligations of government contractors. This course will explore the history of affirmative action in detail. It will discuss the key principles considered when developing the legislation and regulations that provide its framework and help attendees analyze what affirmative action means for your organization today. During the session, the instructor will highlight many new obligations emerging from recent labor rules. She will also examine and explain the OFCCP’s (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’) latest enforcement trends, including the new Scheduling Letter.

Why Should You Attend:

Federal Contractors beware, the OFCCP has been busy issuing Agency Interpretations and requirements at break neck speed, and every employer should be ready for increased scrutiny in the coming year. Affirmative action affects more than you think, and you may want to take note because since 2012, affirmative action as we know it has dramatically changed. Join expert speaker Cathleen Hampton, who will help you to gain insight into OFCCP's enforcement strategies as evidenced in their aggressive regulatory agenda.

The same regulatory agenda demonstrates OFCCPs intent for aggressively enforcing the laws under its jurisdiction and strengthening the regulations implementing those laws. The developments over the period of last four years have reflected OFCCPs recently stated belief that affirmative action cannot be measured by good faith efforts anymore. However, the proposed and implanted changes to compliance requirements have reflected a push by the OFCCP for federal contractors to engineer results. The trend will continue through FY 2017 and will affect all plan designs moving forward.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is affirmative action and the importance of its guiding principles
  • The legal requirements for and the framework that drives affirmative action
  • What the OFCCP requires of government contractors in terms of affirmative action efforts – does your current effort pass the smell test
  • The focus of the OFCCP’s heightened enforcement efforts and contractor scrutiny
  • Whether or not your organization is a government contractor according to the OFCCP – the answer may surprise you
  • The most frequent compliance failures, why they happen, and how to avoid them

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Reviewing the history of affirmative action
  • Legislative and judicial history and current trends
  • The difference between EEO and AA
  • The true meaning of affirmative action
  • The difference between diversity and affirmative action
  • Key principles of affirmative action program design
  • OFCCP enforcement mandate
  • Key priorities for OFCCP
  • OFCCP enforcement trends
  • Recent changes in enforcement guidelines including the new Scheduling Letter
  • Enforcement tools used by the OFCCP when auditing your workforce program
  • What is steering and is your organization at risk for doing so
  • Compensation discrimination - the hot button issue for today
  • New regulations - what is the OFCCP most interested in right now
  • Is your outreach activity truly outreach
  • The standard of compliance is good faith and what that means for your program
  • Most common compliance failures
  • Beware of the inference provision
  • Most frequent data collection and data management failures
  • Most frequent record keeping failures

Who Will Benefit:

  • CFOs
  • COOs
  • HR professionals
  • Recruiters
  • All federal contractors including those in the health services industry as recently determined by the ALJ
  • Any person within a contracting organization responsible for compliance

Our Speaker

Cathleen Hampton

Cathleen Hampton has more than 26 years of experience as a human resources professional providing subject matter expertise in areas of risk and compliance, work force planning, and human capital strategy. She has a unique ability to analyze operations for risk and help maneuver cultural practices and compliance enhancements that would increase organizational outcomes. She is noted for launching new programs focused on talent acquisition and retention strategies that outpaced major competition through strong and decisive business leadership.

Federal Contractors beware, the OFCCP has been busy issuing Agency Interpretations and requirements at break neck speed, and every employer should be ready for increased scrutiny in the coming year. Affirmative action affects more than you think, and you may want to take note because since 2012, affirmative action as we know it has dramatically changed. Join expert speaker Cathleen Hampton, who will help you to gain insight into OFCCP's enforcement strategies as evidenced in their aggressive regulatory agenda.

The same regulatory agenda demonstrates OFCCPs intent for aggressively enforcing the laws under its jurisdiction and strengthening the regulations implementing those laws. The developments over the period of last four years have reflected OFCCPs recently stated belief that affirmative action cannot be measured by good faith efforts anymore. However, the proposed and implanted changes to compliance requirements have reflected a push by the OFCCP for federal contractors to engineer results. The trend will continue through FY 2017 and will affect all plan designs moving forward

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