The OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) is working to add additional guidelines and regulations to its rulebook. A recent congressional hearing was held with regard to these proposed regulations.
So what can companies expect from these proposed new rules? It is hard to discern exactly what proposals will make in into the final record, but a few policies appear to be likely.
Here are the highlights:
- Companies and contractors can expect to see increased documentation and reporting regulations as they relate to the disabled and military veterans
- The current economic situation will be a big factor in determining the scope and breadth of new compliance regulations, as Congress is currently sympathetic to the economic burden this will place on businesses
- OFCCP will look to increase new initiatives and policies, regulatory oversight, and have a focus on pay discrimination
The final record probably won’t be published before the Presidential election this year. The outcome of that election could be a very important factor in determining what the outcome will look like. The Obama Administration has been very supportive of equal opportunity rights, while the opposing party has historically been adverse to new government regulation. That being said, a recent House Subcommittee meeting found general support and consensus for the plight of the disabled and veterans.
How much and it what form will that agreement look like? Stay tuned in November.
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