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1 ● Phone (610) Atlanta · Baltimore · Boston · Charlotte · Chicago · Cleveland · Columbia · Columbus · Dallas · Denver · Fort Lauderdale · Gulfport Houston · Irvine · Kansas City · Las Vegas · Los Angeles · Louisville · Memphis · New England · New Jersey · New Orleans Orlando · Philadelphia · Phoenix · Portland · San Antonio · San Diego · San Francisco · Tampa · Washington, DC OFCCP’S Groundbreaking New Section 503 and VEVRAA Regulations OutSolve, LLC Annual Client Seminar June 2014 Presented by: Celia M. Joseph Phone: (610)

2 ● Phone (610) "Strengthening these regulations is an important step toward reducing barriers to real opportunities for veterans and individuals with disabilities." Patricia A. Shiu, OFCCP Director September

3 ● Phone (610) OFCCP Overview OFCCP requires compliance for covered contractors;OFCCP requires compliance for covered contractors; -Executive Order Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503) -Vietnam War-Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) 25% of U.S. workers are employed by Federal contractors25% of U.S. workers are employed by Federal contractors 3

4 ● Phone (610) Final Rules: VEVRAA and Section 503 Historic first revisions to these two regulations in 40 years Published September 24, 2013 Effective date: March 24, 2014 Different effective date for Affirmative Action Plan requirements (Subpart C) Transition example for AAP with March 1, 2014 date –March 1, 2015: Compliance with Subpart C –March 1, 2016: AAP fully reflects results of all new regulatory requirements 4

5 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: Rationale for Revision Applies to contractors with 50 employees and $100k contract First major revision since 1976 Fewer “Vietnam Veterans” Veterans’ unemployment rates higher than average Protect Gulf War-Era II vets NPRM comments affected final rule 5

6 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: “Protected Veteran” Categories “Protected Veteran” definition added –Disabled veterans –Recently separated veterans (3 years) –Recipients of Armed Forces service medal –“Active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” replaced “other protected veteran” –“Pre-JVA veteran” added 6

7 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: Job Postings, Solicitations, Contracts and Notices Equal Opportunity (EO) Clause required –Equal employment opportunity employer of protected veterans; may be combined with 503 and EO –Add mandatory EO clause to contracts –Accessible notice of rights and application process and employees –Notify union Employment Service Delivery System (ESDS) – provide in usable format 7

8 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: Job Postings, Solicitations, Contracts and Notices “EEO is the Law” poster will be revised; not required to be stored with each application (ex: link to poster with application) Electronic format –Reasonable accommodation (accessible and understandable, Braille, large print only when requested or disability known) –Current employees who work virtually; actual knowledge of accessibility Allowable abbreviations (vets, not v) 8

9 ● Phone (610) On-Line Application Process: Accessibility Focus of OFCCP compliance officers Contractor’s website use with technology for inter-operation Prominence of contractor’s accessibility statements Contractor’s contact information Retain records of accommodation requests 9

10 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: New Self-Identification Rules OFCCP sample form Pre-offer (new): rationale –Ask applicants to identify as protected veteran in general –Disabled veteran not specifically identified –Application materials Post-offer –Specific categories Use data to assess outreach and recruitment Data analysis file confidentiality 10

11 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: New Data Collection Analysis Requirements Meaningful data to evaluate and tailor outreach; flexibility; records retention Steps where efforts not effective Five factors required: 1.Number of protected veteran applicants 2.Number of job openings and jobs filled 3.Number of all applicants 4.Number of protected vets hired 5.Number of applicants hired 11

12 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: New Data Collection Analysis Requirements (Clarification) Job opening: –number of individual positions advertised as open in announcement or requisition –Ex: 5 open positions with 4 filled; contractor would document as 5 job openings and 4 jobs filled Jobs filled: –all jobs the company filled by any means (competitive or noncompetitive), including reassignment or merit promotion) –Both new hires and employees placed in new positions via promotions, transfers, reassignments Hired: Solely refers to applicants (both internal and external) hired through competitive process, including promotions 12

13 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: What are Benchmarks? Established by each contractor required to prepare AAP; applied to hiring for each establishment A tool and “yardstick”; not a goal, not a quota Data availability issues Measurement of effectiveness of outreach efforts No violation or penalty for failure to meet benchmark 13

14 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: Establishing Benchmarks National benchmark (currently 7.2%) OR Five-Factor Option (Contractor may customize its analysis and provide reasons; explain factors, but no need to assign numerical values) 1.Consider state statistics 2.Number of vets in prior 4 quarters 3.Compare hiring ratio of vets to total 4.Assessment of efforts 5.Any other unique factor Required: apply to total workforce, not by job groups Different contractor establishments can use different methods 14

15 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: Training, Outreach, and Recordkeeping Linkage agreements not required Training is mandatory Assess effectiveness of outreach Same obligation to periodically review physical and mental job requirements Retain records for 3 years Best practices for successful OFCCP audits in this regard –Number of sources –Identifying applicant referral sources in written and oral questions –Review applicant information from referral sources 15

16 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: State Workforce Agency Listing Requirements General obligation to list jobs with State Workforce Agency List in permitted manner and format Provide to State Workforce Agencies: –Federal contractor status, hiring official contact information, and request for priority referrals; update contract information –Contact information of any outside search agencies used by contractor OFCCP counts number of contract hires and listings with State Workforce Agencies 16

17 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: Proving Recruitment and Outreach Effectiveness No violation solely for failing to meet benchmarks; a focus of compliance evaluations will be on proving outreach and recruitment Document and review referral sources of applicants Address failure of referral sources to send qualified applicants to contractor Role of third parties who conduct outreach and recruitment; responsibility of contractor for action or inaction of vendors 17

18 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA Recordkeeping: Three Years Evaluation of outreach and recruitment Records pertaining to data collection comparisons regarding applicants and employees Records relating to hiring benchmark requirements Temporal scope of OFCCP audits 18

19 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: Contractors Now Required To: Comply with old regulations –Review personnel processes and job qualifications –Make reasonable accommodation available –Develop harassment prevention policies –Engage in outreach –Have procedures to distribute EO and affirmative action efforts New EO clause and accessibility requirements 19

20 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA: OFCCP Strongly Encourages Contractors to Begin Subpart C Compliance Pre-offer self-ID process EO statements with top executive support in AAP Assess, document & retain effectiveness of outreach and recruitment efforts annually Document required audit and reporting system actions Train employees engaged in key personnel activities Conduct applicant and employee data analysis Establish benchmarks 20

21 ● Phone (610) VEVRAA Requirements of First AAP After March 24, 2014 Evidence of new self-ID process EO policy statement (exec) Review of personnel processes Schedule and proof of review of job qualifications standards Anti-harassment procedures Outreach and recruitment Document activities Implementation and dissemination of AA actions Evidence of audit and reporting system Responsible individual Data collection Benchmark Address both new and old AAP requirements If not in compliance, explain steps taken No violation if contractor shows it acted reasonably in light of particular circumstances 21

22 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Rationale for Revision Higher unemployment of individuals with disabilities Harmonize with ADAAA “Historic” protection similar to those for race, national origin and gender Director Shiu: “What gets measured, gets done.” Public comments: concern with new self-ID rule/ADA; 7% goal; changes from NPRM to Final Rule 22

23 ● Phone (610) Section 503 Goal – 7% Applies to job groups at site (no minimum size of group) If 100 or fewer employees, apply to entire workforce (sheltered workshops not counted in 7%; under some circumstances can mention in AAP) Percentage may be adjusted periodically by OFCCP OFCCP prepared suggested forms and charts % rule inapplicable to 503 goalEO % rule inapplicable to 503 goal 23

24 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Failure to Meet the Goal “It’s not a quota” No fine, penalty, sanction as a result if no impediments to equal employment opportunity exist Not an automatic violation; “signal” of possible problem area Contractor to: 1) determine if and where impediments exist; and 2) develop and execute action- oriented programs OFCCP enforcement during first new AAP year 24

25 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Contractor Actions Contractor must take steps to: Assess personnel processes Assess effectiveness of outreach and recruitment Review AAP audit Develop and execute action-oriented programs Affirmative Action Policy in policy manuals 25

26 ● Phone (610) Section 503: New Voluntary Self- Identification Requirements Mandatory form - January 2014 Pre-offer – provide with request for race, gender, veteran status; separate from applications but may be with materials; after meet Internet applicant requirements (including basic qualifications) Post-offer Employee: –Within first year –Every five years –Provide at least one interim reminder 26

27 ● Phone (610) Section 503: If Voluntary Self-ID is Declined No coercion Employer may identify as disabled if: –Disability is obvious or –Disability is otherwise known No guessing! Can provide contact and other information on reasonable accommodation 27

28 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Electronic Version of Self- ID Form Provided That: OMB Number and expiration date Contain text of form without alteration Sans-serif font, such as Calibri or Arial At least 11-pitch font size (footnote and burden statement in 10-pitch) 28

29 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Solicitations and Equal Opportunity Clause Equal employment opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities (disability, not “d”) Specific equal opportunity language included in contract clauses, not just incorporated by reference (can combine) Electronic notice requirements (virtual employees; post notices; accommodation even for employees working at site; Braille only if requested) No mandatory job listings; required appropriate outreach and positive recruitment activities 29

30 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Data Collection Metrics 1.Number of applicants who are individuals with disabilities 2.Total number of applicants 3.Total number of job openings and jobs filled 4.Number of individuals with disabilities hired 5.Total number of hires 3-year retention period 30

31 ● Phone (610) Section 503: New Data Collection Analysis Requirements (Clarification) Job opening: –number of individual positions advertised as open in announcement or requisition –Ex: 5 open positions with 4 filled; contractor would document as 5 job openings and 4 jobs filled Jobs filled: –all jobs the company filled by any means (competitive or noncompetitive), including reassignment or merit promotion) –Both new hires and employees placed in new positions via promotions, transfers, reassignments Hired: Solely refers to applicants (both internal and external) hired through competitive process, including promotions 31

32 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Reasonable Accommodation Appendix provides suggestions for written policy Best practice, but not mandatory Performance issues: required inquiries by supervisors if may be related to a disability 32

33 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Analysis and Recordkeeping Annually assess effectiveness of outreach efforts, in writing Identify alternatives, if necessary Linkage agreements not required Document outreach Retain records for 3 years 33

34 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Audits Temporal scope Format of employer’s records On-site or off-site Pre-award compliance audit procedure (similar to EO) 34

35 ● Phone (610) Section 503: Contractors Now Required To: Comply with old regulations –Review personnel processes and job qualifications –Make reasonable accommodation available –Develop harassment prevention policies –Engage in outreach –Have procedures to distribute EO and affirmative action efforts New EO clause and accessibility requirements 35

36 ● Phone (610) Section 503: OFCCP Strongly Encourages Contractors to Begin Subpart C Compliance Pre-offer self-ID process; initial employee self-identification survey EO statements with top executive support in AAP Applicants and employees have equal access to personnel processes, including electronically Assess, document & retain effectiveness of outreach and recruitment efforts annually Document required audit and reporting system actions Train employees engaged in key personnel activities Conduct applicant and employee data analysis by calculating applicant and hire data Conduct annual workplace assessment; apply 7% Develop action plans for resolving problems identified in utilization of individuals with disabilities 36

37 ● Phone (610) Section 503 Requirements of First AAP After March 24, 2014 Evidence: new self-ID processes EO policy statement Review of personnel processes Schedule and proof of review of job qualifications standards Anti-harassment procedures Assess and document effectiveness of outreach and recruitment Document activities Implementation and dissemination of AA actions Evidence of audit and reporting system Responsible individual Data collection Snapshot of disability composition of workforce, results of utilization analysis and application of goal, discussion of problem areas and actions to address Address both new and old AAP requirements If not in compliance, explain steps taken No violation if contractor shows it acted reasonably in light of particular circumstances 37

38 ● Phone (610) Presented by: Celia M. Joseph Phone: (610) Atlanta · Baltimore · Boston · Charlotte · Chicago · Cleveland · Columbia · Columbus · Dallas · Denver · Fort Lauderdale · Gulfport Houston · Irvine · Kansas City · Las Vegas · Los Angeles · Louisville · Memphis · New England · New Jersey · New Orleans Orlando · Philadelphia · Phoenix · Portland · San Antonio · San Diego · San Francisco · Tampa · Washington, DC Questions? 38

39 ● Phone (610) Presented by: Celia M. Joseph Phone: (610) Atlanta · Baltimore · Boston · Charlotte · Chicago · Cleveland · Columbia · Columbus · Dallas · Denver · Fort Lauderdale · Gulfport Houston · Irvine · Kansas City · Las Vegas · Los Angeles · Louisville · Memphis · New England · New Jersey · New Orleans Orlando · Philadelphia · Phoenix · Portland · San Antonio · San Diego · San Francisco · Tampa · Washington, DC Thank You 39


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