OFCCP Provides More Resources for Government Contractors
Continuing with its spate of activity, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has issued a number of new resources for government contractors and subcontractors:
- Employment Referral Resource Directory. The OFCCP has updated its Employment Referral Resource Directory (ERRD), which lists government and nonprofit organizations as references to assist federal contractors’ hiring of qualified veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities. The updated ERRD has an improved search function and is more user friendly.
- FAQs on Executive Order 13950 (D&I Training). The OFCCP issued Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Executive Order (E.O.) “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping” in workplace diversity and inclusion training. Of particular interest, the FAQs clarify that, while unconscious or implicit bias training is not necessarily prohibited, it is prohibited “to the extent it teaches or implies that an individual, by virtue of his or her race, sex, and/or national origin, is racist, sexist, oppressive, or biased, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
- Request for Information on D&I Training. As directed by the same E.O., the OFCCP also “invites” the public to provide information regarding workplace training that involves race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating. Employers who question whether their training is compliant with the E.O, may submit their materials for review. OFCCP states that it will not take enforcement action based on such submission, as long as the employer promptly comes into compliance, as directed by OFCCP.
- Executive Order 13950 Landing Page. The new landing page on the OFCCP’s website contains the FAQs and RFI referenced above, along with hotline information for complaints.