If you are an employer that has a federal government contract, you are already familiar with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the regulations it imposes on federal contractors with respect to affirmative action and nondiscrimination compliance. In its continuing efforts to help the contractor community navigate compliance, the OFCCP recently updated their compliance check website.
On March 25, 2019, the OFCCP announced that it is going to conduct 500 compliance checks in FY 2019. A compliance check is less intrusive than a compliance review and evaluates a contractor’s efforts to meet its affirmative action goals, outreach activities, and recruitment efforts for protected groups. A contractor has the option of providing access to its records either onsite or offsite. The updated website helps the contractor community with the following:
- Sample Scheduling Letter – Contractors can view a sample scheduling letter so they know what will be asked during a compliance check.
- Scheduling List - Contractors can also view the scheduling list to find out if their establishment may be selected for a compliance check or other evaluation.
- FAQ’s - A list of Frequently Asked Questions specific to compliance checks is also provided.
Similar to the recent Section 503 updated landing page, the compliance checks website is part of the OFCCP’s commitment to be more transparent, employer-friendly, and to provide resources to federal contractors that will assist in preparing for a compliance check. The first step in being ready is making sure your affirmative action plan is in place and that you are actively managing your plan. The Affirmative Action team at MRA is here to assist you.