OFCCP announced three new directives today, Friday April 17, 2020. The Directives are designed to maximize the effectiveness of OFCCP’s compliance assistance resources, increase accountability, and resolve federal contractor compliance evaluations more efficiently.
The new directives include:
- Improved Compliance Evaluations – Outlines new steps OFCCP is taking to expeditiously resolve compliance evaluations and quickly remediate violations.
- Pre-Referral Mediation Program – Establishes a mediation program that will help resolve matters before spending significant time and resources in the enforcement process. This program will be offered to federal contractors and subcontractors to resolve findings of discrimination, before referral to the Office of the Solicitor for enforcement.
- Ombuds Service Supplement and Protocol – Outlines the Ombuds Service Protocol, which explains the principles of the OFCCP’s Ombuds Service.
By Joanna Colosimo, M.A., Director of EEO Compliance at DCI Consulting Group