Category Archives: Industry Update

OFCCP Updates Annual Veteran Hiring Benchmark for 2024 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced an update to the annual hiring benchmark for veterans. This benchmark is a critical element for federal contractors subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA).  What’s New?  Effective March 31, 2024, the new national hiring benchmark for protected veterans is 5.2%. This […]

OFCCP Releases New VEVRAA Resources

On February 29, 2024, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released added resources to help veterans and employers understand the protections under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974. Under VEVRAA, federal contractors and subcontractors with a contract of $150,000 or more are prohibited from engaging in discrimination in employment practices […]

EEOC Publishes Workplace Guidance on the Israel-Hamas Conflict

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a fact sheet to make employees and employers aware of their rights and responsibilities under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act concerning the Israel-Hamas conflict which has resulted in anti-Arab, anti-Middle Eastern, anti-Muslim and antisemitic discrimination.   The fact sheet highlights the importance of preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation […]

EEO-1 Reporting Requirements for Employers in 2024

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) mandates that private employers with 100 or more employees during any pay period in the fourth quarter of 2023 (October 1 – December 31) and federal contractors with 50 or more employees are obligated to file an EEO-1 Component 1 report.   The filing period for the 2023 EEO-1 Data Collection will commence on April 30, 2024, with […]

Contractors Have Until September 30, 2023 to File VETS-4212 Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) filing system opened on August 1, 2023. The filing deadline this year is September 30, 2023. EMPLOYERS REQUIRED TO FILE The VETS-4212 Report should be filed if a business has a current federal government contract or subcontract worth $150,000 or more, regardless of the number of employees. The […]

Summer Breeze, Makes Me Feel Fine(d?) – Deadline Reminders for Affirmative Action Employers

Summer evokes thoughts of sun… beaches… fireworks… cook-outs… pregnancy fairness… veteran employment reporting… As my kids would say at this point, “Wait, what?” At a time of year when many people are slowing down at work and taking vacations, State and Federal government agencies are keeping employers, especially employers with Federal contracts and subcontracts (a.k.a. […]

Federal Contractors: Impact of Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on affirmative action has sparked discourse on not only diversity in education, but also diversity in employment. The decision brings to light additional questions for Federal contractors and subcontractors (“contractors”) who have historically written and maintained affirmative action programs. While the terminology “affirmative action” is the same, it’s important for […]

OFCCP Publishes Corporate Scheduling Announcement List(CSAL) for Construction Contractors

A new Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) was posted by OFCCP on June 5, 2023. The list includes 250 construction contractors scheduled to undergo an OFCCP audit. This CSAL is a courtesy notification for federal contractors and subcontractors selected for a compliance review, which begins once the contractor receives an approved scheduling letter. To find out if […]

OFCCP Contractor Portal Opening March 31

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that the Contractor Portal will open for its second annual certification cycle on March 31, 2023. Federal Contractors and Subcontractors are required to certify the compliance of their Affirmative Action Programs in the Portal by June 29, 2023.   As a reminder: New this year:  HR Works affirmative action […]

OFCCP Announces the Return to Longstanding Policy on Religious Exemption for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a rescission of the final rule “Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption,” which has been in effect since January 8, 2021. The rescission of the 2020 religious exemption rule was published in the Federal Register on March […]