Today, OFCCP announced three new directives to maximize the effectiveness of our compliance assistance resources, increase accountability and resolve federal contractor compliance evaluations more efficiently. These directives include improved compliance evaluations, a pre-referral mediation program and Ombuds Service Supplement and Protocol.
Improved Compliance Evaluations
The Improved Compliance Evaluations directive outlines new steps the OFCCP are taking to expeditiously resolve compliance evaluations and quickly remediate violations, which will benefit protected workers and the regulated community, keeping the number of cases that are aged, as defined herein, below 15 percent of OFCCP’s total caseload. Click here to read more about this directive.
Pre-Referral Mediation Program
The Pre-Referral Mediation Program directive 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. Click here to read more about this directive.
Ombuds Service Supplement and Protocol
The Ombuds Service Supplement and Protocol directive outlines the Ombuds Service Protocol, which explains the principles of the OFCCP’s Ombuds Service. This protocol provides further clarification on several issues, including the expansion of the role of the Ombudsman, who will not conduct compliance evaluations, complaint investigations or participate in conciliation agreement negotiations, other than to provide neutral facilitation services. This directive is a supplement to Directive 2018-09. Click here to read more about this directive.