OFCCP Rules in September 2007 may affect companies who contract with government offices
As September 7, 2007 approaches it has many corporations worrying about if they will be able to meet the new federal OFCCP rules regarding Disabled Veterans, Recently Separated Veterans, Other Protected Veterans, and Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans. Will companies doing business with local, state and federal agencies in the form of contracts worth $100,000 or more be required to modify how they advertise for applicants?
The answer seems to be YES, it seems that the new ruling will mandate that in Sec. 60-300.5 Equal opportunity clause. These Veterans may now have a special edge over the regular applicant, and also will need special attention to the needs of these Veterans both new and current employees.
What may be of particular interest to employers is this paragraph:
Sec. 60-300.84 Responsibilities of appropriate employment service delivery system.
By statute, appropriate employment service delivery systems are required to refer qualified disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans to fill employment openings listed by contractors with such appropriate employment delivery systems pursuant to the mandatory job listing requirements of the equal opportunity clause and are required to give priority to disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans in making such referrals. The employment service delivery systems shall provide OFCCP, upon request, information pertinent to whether the contractor is in compliance with the mandatory job listing requirements of the equal opportunity clause.
Employers who fail to meet the objectives of this new ruling may be subject to the following:
Sec. 60-300.66 Sanctions and penalties.
(a) Withholding progress payments. With the prior approval of the Deputy Assistant Secretary, so much of the accrued payment due on the contract or any other contract between the Government contractor and the Federal Government may be withheld as necessary to correct any violations of the provisions of the Act or this part.
(b) Termination. A contract may be canceled or terminated, in whole or in part, for failure to comply with the provisions of the Act or this part.
(c) Debarment. A contractor may be debarred from receiving future contracts for failure to comply with the provisions of the Act or this part subject to reinstatement pursuant to Sec. 60-300.68. Debarment may be imposed for an indefinite period, or may be imposed for a fixed period of not less than six months but no more than three years.
(d) Hearing opportunity. An opportunity for a formal hearing shall be afforded to a contractor before the imposition of any sanction or penalty.
2. The contractor agrees to immediately list all employment openings which exist at the time of the execution of this contract and those which occur during the performance of this contract, including those not generated by this contract and including those occurring at an establishment of the contractor other than the one where the contract is being performed, but excluding those of independently operated corporate affiliates, with the appropriate employment service delivery system where the opening occurs. Listing employment openings with the state workforce agency job bank or with the local employment service delivery system where the opening occurs will satisfy the requirement to list jobs with the appropriate employment service delivery system.
3. Listing of employment openings with the appropriate employment service delivery system pursuant to this clause shall be made at least concurrently with the use of any other recruitment source or effort and shall involve the normal obligations which attach to the placing of a bona fide job order, including the acceptance of referrals of veterans and nonveterans. The listing of employment openings does not require the hiring of any particular job applicants or from any particular group of job applicants, and nothing herein is intended to relieve the contractor from any requirements in Executive orders or regulations regarding nondiscrimination in employment.