The Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Progams, or OFCCP, issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on April 26, 2011, modifying the affirmative action obligations and compliance requirements as they relate to the employment and advancement of qualified protected veterans. Employers who are federal government contractors will want to sit up and take notice of the new and significant challenges employers may soon face as a result of the OFCCP’s recent release of the new NPRM.
DirectEmployers Association recently hosted a webinar for the Members of the Association, facilitated by Nita Beecher, Lead for Workplace Compliance and Employment Law, Mercer ORC Networks and Legal Counsel to the Recruitment Regulatory Compliance Committee of DirectEmployers Association, to help employers interpret and understand the implications of these new regulations and how these changes will impact affirmative action enforcement. If you are a Member of DirectEmployers, you can view Nita’s webinar, entitled OFCCP & Veterans Compliance: Making Sense of the New Proposed Regulations and the Impact on Employers, on-demand, and download the slide deck at the Pipeline, an exclusive social community for Members.
DirectEmployers Association is also currently surveying its Members about the NPRM and will be submitting comments to the OFCCP. You can also submit comments on OFCCP’s NPRM either electronically at http://www.regulations.gov or by mail by the deadline of June 27, 2011. The identification number (RIN) for this NPRM is 1250-AA00. If you are mailing or hand delivering comments, send them to Debra Carr, Director, Division of Policy, Planning, and Program Development, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Room C-3325, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210. Indicate RIN number 1250-AA00.
For some helpful summaries of the most significant proposed changes, check the following resources:
Littler Washington D.C. Employment Law Update
OFCCP to Strengthen Federal Contractor’s Affirmative Action Obligations Towards Veterans
April 25, 2011
OFCCP Publishes Proposed Vets Regulations in Federal Register
April 28, 2011
New Challenges Faced as Support of Veterans’ Employment Rights Ramps Up
Changes to Contractors’ Obligations under OFCCP’s Proposed Rule on Veteran Recruitment, Placement
May 6, 2011
* * * * *