The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) two recently finalized rules go into effect March 24. The rules drastically alter federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations with respect to veterans
and individuals with disabilities
Of most concern to construction contractors are provisions requiring written documentation and tracking of workforce statistics to determine whether the percentage of protected employees meets affirmative action requirements for federal projects. Such paperwork and reporting provisions are completely new to the construction industry.
ABC recently held a webinar titled “Learn How to Comply with the Newly Revised OFCCP Veterans and Individuals with
Disabilities Rules” which can be viewed in the Academy for Construction Ethics, Compliance & Best Practices
. ABC’s guidance document summarizing the main provisions in each rule can be viewed here
NOTE: ABC’s lawsuit
against the Section 503 rule remains pending, and it is not yet known whether parts of the 503 rule will be stopped from going into effect on March 24. The VEVRAA rule has not been challenged in court and will be going into effect on March 24.