| Government Compliance - Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: Federal Contractors' Version of Hobby Lobby Dilemma
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. and Jacquelyn Peterson - Jul, 2014
Hobby Lobby was decided under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) argued that for-profit corporations could not have religious beliefs and should not be considered "persons" under the Act. The Court disagreed with HHS, finding that the term "persons," as used in the Act, did apply to closely held corporations. Sandra Scott Zeigler, Esq., a recognized authority on F...
Surveying Applicants and Employees
by Jacquelyn Peterson - May, 2015
Federal contractors and subcontractors must survey applicants and employees for gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, and disability status. The data collected from the surveys is used for creating statistical reports to analyze employment patterns and is used in the employer’s Affirmative Action Plan (AAP). Some of the surveying is conducted in the pre-offer and post-offer stages. The pre-offer stage genera...
Targeting Veterans for Hire
by Jacquelyn Peterson - Jan, 2015
The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) is intended to provide affirmative action and nondiscrimination for protected veterans including special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans, and armed forces service medal veterans. To promote equal opportunity for protected veterans, federal contractors...
Fast Facts of the 2014 SWARM ILG Conference
by Jacquelyn Peterson - May, 2014
The Colorado Industry Liaison Group (ILG) hosted the 2014 Southwest and Rocky Mountain (SWARM) ILG Conference in Denver, Colo. at the Omni Interlocken Resort from Tuesday, April 29 to Friday, May 2, 2014. The conference attendance included approximately 270 attendees, 26 exhibitors, 6 preconference sessions, 7 general sessions, 20 concurrent sessions, 1 keynote speaker, and 1 motivational speaker. The Office of Federal...
Fast Facts of the 2013 Annual ILG National Conference
by Jacquelyn Peterson - Aug, 2013
The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) held its 31st Annual ILG National Conference and Exhibition at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 30 to August 2, 2013. The conference showed an increase in attendance with 730 attendees, 42 exhibitors, and 24 sessions while the 2012 conference hosted 428 attendees, 25 exhibitors, and 29 sessions. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Pr...
Fast Facts for the 30th Annual NILG
by Jacquelyn Peterson - Sep, 2012
Round-Up The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) held its 30th Annual ILG National Conference and Exhibition at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii from August 27 to August 31, 2012. The conference included attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) typically attends the conference in-person, but opted to attend via interac...
Recap from the OFCCP’s Webinar:
by Jacquelyn Peterson - May, 2012
Status of Pending Compliance Evaluations of Entities that Participate in TRICARE Networks On April 25, 2012, the OFCCP announced that it rescinded its Directive 293, which is the OFCCP policy that determines if healthcare providers and insurers who use TRICARE are covered contractors or subcontractors. It was rescinded due to recent changes in the healthcare industry and pending litigation; such as, the OFCCP vs. Florida...
Take Action Now to Recruit Persons with Disabilities
by Jacquelyn Peterson - Feb, 2012
The primary legislation concerning persons with disabilities is Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and it has parallels with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was created to specifically prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. It requires contractors or subcontractors who have more than $10,000 in federal contracts to employ and advanc...
Section 503 NPRM Comment Period Extended
by Jacquelyn Peterson - Feb, 2012
OFCCP issued this announcement on February 7, 2012: "On December 9, 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). This NPRM (76 FR 77056) proposes to revise the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and affirmative action regulations of section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended." "The original comment period...
Need Help with the Mandatory Job Listing Requirement?
by Jacquelyn Peterson - Nov, 2011
The Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) requires federal contractors and subcontractors to hire and promote covered veterans and prohibits discrimination against covered veterans. Covered veterans were originally only Vietnam era veterans and special disabled veterans, but now include other protected veterans (veterans who served in a military campaign) and recently separated veterans. VEV...
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