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3 Things to do NOW to prepare for the new OFCCP regulations

Effective 3/24/14 the OFCCP’s regulation will significantly change. Primarily, there will be targets for Veterans and Disabled and additional reporting, record keeping and notices. The regulations will require that you survey your employee population every 5 years (with interim reminders) for disability status and has released the form that should be used: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/sec503/SelfId_Disability_CC_305_012214_JRF_QA_508c.pdf So what […]

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Top Three Employee Errors in the workplace

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Sure, our employers make plenty of mistakes.  Our bosses can be demanding, insensitive, and provide plenty of happy hour ranting material.  But individual employees also can add fuel to the workplace fire.  Here’s our top picks of situations that make work life crazier than it needs to be and some suggested guidance. 1. “If I […]

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6 Internal Investigation Mistakes

As a former EEOC investigator, gone corporate then gone consultant…I’ve reviewed my share of internal discrimination investigations. Some are impressive, some are epic and well, others shouldn’t have bothered. Here’s our dirty half- dozen mistakes: 1. No report written to memorialize what happened – your notes scribbled on legal pads are often difficult for you […]

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10 things to do NOW to stay compliant with OFCCP regs

Here are our 10 tips for staying compliant with OFCCP regulations:    1. Talk to your business development department, procurement department or other key sales people in your organization to determine if you are a federal government contractor or subcontractor.  We’re encountering many situations where an audit letter was the first notice for HR or […]

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2011 OFCCP review

WOW! 2012 was an interesting year on the OFCCP front.  Here’s what we experienced: As advertised, we noticed a decline in the number of audits but the audits we assisted with were INTENSE. The Chicago office experienced a backlog resulting in rescinded audits and the movement of cases in that office to other offices. We […]

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Addressing the 13%

The US Department of Labor states that the unemployment rate for the disabled is 13% – 1.5x the rate of those without disabilities.  In order to address that high rate, the OFCCP is proposing a 7% disability hiring goal for Affirmative Action employers – strengthening the Rehabilitation Act. Visit the federal e-rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov […]

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The best defense is a good offense

In football and human resources (still hurting from that Cowboys loss last night!), having an offensive strategy is imperative, particularly in the compliance area.  Many companies receive their affirmative action plans, give them a quick glance then stick them on a shelf just praying that this is a year they won’t be audited. We’re advocating […]

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The Times They are A Changing

The OFCCP – Changes you Can’t Believe! The shift in policies of the Department of Labor under Hilda Solis’s leadership has finally trickled down into the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP).  In December 2010, the agency scrapped the Bush administration’s Active Case Management Program and adopted an Active Case Enforcement (ACE) Program.  As a […]

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I took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights….

Retaliation. It’s funny in a country song, but in the workplace…it can mean serious trouble. The EEOC reports that in 2010, that for the first time in its history, Retaliation Charges were the most filed EEOC charge – representing 36.3% of all charges filed – that’s greater than 1 in 3!!! As a former investigator […]

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And the Sign said, Long Haired Freaky People Need Not Apply…

You’d be hard pressed to find a sign like that out today. Or advertisements seeking “Help Wanted Male” “Help Wanted Female,”  or signs telling someone to use the back door.  We’ve come a long way from those early contentious days of the Civil Rights Act, but are we there yet? Have we created a business […]

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