In the last few weeks, the OFCCP has engaged in the following efforts to educate federal contractors and the general public about affirmative action:
Voluntary Outreach and Education Poster
On August 3, 2015, the OFCCP announced the release of a voluntary outreach and education poster entitled “Opening Doors of Opportunity for All Workers” to “increase public awareness of the OFCCP and its mission.” Importantly, federal contractors are not currently required to display the new poster in the workplace.
This poster is available here.
Section 503 Compliance Checklist
On August 12, 2015, the OFCCP posted an interactive checklist tool that is designed to assist contractors in assessing their compliance with their Section 503 Subpart C affirmative action requirements related to the employment of individuals with disabilities. If you recall, Subpart C of Section 503 imposes new requirements on federal contractors, including but not limited to, establishing utilization goals, collecting and analyzing data, and requesting applicants to self-identify disability status using a multi-phased approach. The OFCCP clarifies that contractors are not required to use the checklist, nor does using the checklist ensure compliance with their Section 503 obligations.
The checklist is available here.
Given the questions we still get from our clients related to their Section 503 obligations, we recommend that contractors explore this tool as an additional way to improve their compliance efforts.