Ask the Experts is an exclusive online forum provided by Circa. Federal contractors and subcontractors are invited to submit questions to industry experts related to OFCCP compliance, affirmative action planning, and equal employment opportunity.
Our marketing team is receiving more questions around digital accessibility. Do you have any consultants or recommendations on a company we could use to provide training?
There are many organizations that not provide a review of websites for accessibility as well as perform remediation. The Job Accommodation Network and EARN have information regarding website accessibility. Organizations such as Hire Potential, The Sierra Group, and Audio Eye are just a few organizations who perform this type of service and employ individuals with disabilities to assist in conducting the accessibility review. Biddle Consulting Group performs training on accommodations, compliance with ADA/Section 503, and inclusive practices for individuals with...
For EEO-1 reporting, we have typically included remote employees in their manager’s location. However, with more employees now working remotely, we are unclear on how this “roll-up” should be performed. For example, if an entire department’s hierarchy works from home, is it reasonable to simply include all of them in headquarters?
Remote employees would roll up to the location of their reporting manager. If the reporting manager is report, you can follow the line of reporting up to the next tier until it reaches a physical work location in which the remote employees can be rolled into. For many organizations with a remote managers, this would mean that they would roll up to the headquarters location.
Are we required to have recruiters enter their pre-screen/interview notes in the ATS or is this just considered a best practice?
The regulations under EO 11246 do not indicate that pre-screening/interview notes need to be maintained within the ATS. However, the OFCCP does expect contractors to maintain interview notes in some format for the required record retention period which is typically two years depending on the size of the company and amount of the federal contract. The OFCCP has posted FAQs regarding the internet applicant at the following site: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/faqs/internet-applicants
We were awarded an Indefinite-quantity contract with a total value of $0.00 for ongoing renovations for a US Mint location. As part of this IDIQ contract, we were just awarded a task order over $50,000. Does this qualify as a federal contract under the OFCCP (EO 11246 and 503)?
From the information you offered, it does appear that the contract would be covered under EO 11246. This is what the OFCCP has posted on their website: Executive Order 11246 applies to federal construction contractors that meet one or more of the following contract thresholds: A direct federal construction contract or subcontract of over $10,000. A federally assisted construction contract or subcontract of over $10,000. Two or more federal construction contracts or subcontracts of less than $10,000 that, when added...
This question is in regards to what verbiage needs to be included in subcontractor agreements regarding the EEO clause to stay compliant. Is it a requirement to include the following verbiage in all subcontractor agreements in bold text?
“This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing compensation. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.”
The EO clause under EO 11246, VEVRAA, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act does need to be part of purchase orders and contracts and listed in bold. The EO 11246 reference is required if the subcontract totals over $10,000. The Section 503 clause needs to be included if the subcontract totals over $15,000. The VEVRAA clause needs to be included if the subcontract totals $150,000 or more.
When an organization goes from the private to the public sector, what are their new AAP or EEO obligations? Should they be looking at being OFCCP compliant now?
Publicly traded companies are under the same obligations as private companies with respect to AAP requirements. If they have a federal contract or subcontract over $10,000, they have certain obligations under EO 11246. At over $15,000, there are obligations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. At $150,000, there are obligations under VEVRAA. If the company has 50 or more employees and $50,000 or more in contracts, they must also prepare an AAP under EO 11246 and Section 503 of...