GAO Made Seven Lackluster Recommendations to OFCCP to “Improve Oversight of Veterans’ Federal Contractor Employment” | DirectEmployers Association

Luna Ruth

Responding to unnamed and unknown “Congressional Requesters,” the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a 45-page written report titled “Equal Employment Opportunity: Better Assistance and Data Use Could Improve Oversight of Veterans’ Federal Contractor Employment” (“GAO Protected Veterans Report”). The GAO is a 101-year-old federal agency often called the “congressional watchdog.” […]

Equal Employment Opportunity: Better Assistance and Data Use Could Improve Oversight of Veterans’ Federal Contractor Employment

Luna Ruth

What GAO Found The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) helps contractors comply with affirmative action provisions for veterans protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). OFCCP provides web-based resources and coordinates with contractors and stakeholders, among other activities. For example, OFCCP provides some […]

Forest employment program provides jobs, supports communities

Luna Ruth

Forestry workers and communities in the Thompson Okanagan region are benefiting from economic opportunities created through the Province’s Forest Employment Program (FEP). In the past year, the Province has invested $1.87 million in 22 projects in the B.C. Interior, employing local contractors and workers and focusing on wildfire risk reduction […]

Washington Passes “Silenced No More Act” Limiting Nondisclosure and Nondisparagement Provisions In Employment And Independent Contractor Agreements

Luna Ruth

On March 24, 2022, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1795 also known as the “Silenced No More Act” (“the Act”).  The Act prohibits agreements containing nondisclosure and nondisparagement provisions that prevent an employee or independent contractor from discussing certain violations of law.  Washington becomes […]

OFCCP Resolves Employment Discrimination by Amendment Changes

Luna Ruth

On December 10, 2020, OFCCP published its “Nondiscrimination Obligations of Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: Procedures To Resolve Potential Employment Discrimination” (the “Rule”).  The Rule was welcomed by the contractor community, as it established important procedural and substantive requirements before OFCCP can issue discrimination findings.  Among other things, the Rule sets […]