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  • Salary discussion per state
    Asked by Krissy R. - Dec 14, 2017
    In what states am I NOT allowed to ask for salary history?
    Answered by Lisa Kaiser from The Kaiser Law Group, PLLC - Dec 18, 2017
    Hi Krissy,

    This is a tricky one because state laws often change. There are only a few states that I know of that prohibit or limit questions about salary history, but I am not an expert in all state laws. My understanding is Oregon, Delaware, Massachusetts, and perhaps California have at least limitations regarding asking about salary history. You may want to consider checking the individual state law at the time the company is hiring to ensure that your company is compliant.
    Answered by David Cohen from DCI Consulting - Dec 18, 2017
    In addition to the state laws listed by Lisa, there are certain cities that have passed salary history inquire bans. If you are a multi state employer consider removing salary history from your application form nationwide.

  • 3rd Party Recruiters
    Asked by Linda L. - Dec 08, 2017
    We are a federal government contractor and there are times we engage staffing companies to recruit on our behalf. When asking a 3rd party agency to recruit for an open requisition exclusively, which also means we are NOT actively recruiting for roles we pass to them. When we hire the candidate they presented, what do we need to do from a reporting standpoint?

    They were given the responsibility to recruit and fill the requirement.
    No company recruiter working on those requirements.
    Hiring decision made on their candidate.
    We hire and onboard that candidate.

    What is our responsibility from a compliance reporting standpoint?

    Thank you.
    Answered by Lisa Kaiser from The Kaiser Law Group, PLLC - Dec 18, 2017
    Hi Linda,

    Using a third party staffing agency does not exempt a company from the regulations enforced by OFCCP (Sec. 60-3.10). Thus, all the requirements under the regulations still apply, such as posting, listing, outreach, compliant selection procedures, and adverse impact analyses. The text of the regulation is below.

    Sec. 60-3.10 Employment agencies and employment services.

    A. Where selection procedures are devised by agency. An employment agency, including private employment agencies and State employment agencies, which agrees to a request by an employer or labor organization to devise and utilize a selection procedure should follow the standards in these guidelines for determining adverse impact. If adverse impact exists the agency should comply with these guidelines. An employment agency is not relieved of its obligation herein because the user did not request such validation or has requested the use of some lesser standard of validation than is provided in these guidelines. The use of an employment agency does not relieve an employer or labor organization or other user of its responsibilities under Federal law to provide equal employment opportunity or its obligations as a user under these guidelines.

    B. Where selection procedures are devised elsewhere. Where an employment agency or service is requested to administer a selection procedure which has been devised elsewhere and to make referrals pursuant to the results, the employment agency or service should maintain and have available evidence of the impact of the selection and referral procedures which it administers. If adverse impact results the agency or service should comply with these guidelines. If the agency or service seeks to comply with these guidelines by reliance upon validity studies or other data in the possession of the employer, it should obtain and have available such information.

  • Canadian Job Posting Compliance
    Asked by John Y. - Nov 29, 2017
    We are considering acquiring a company in Ontario, Canada. Does Canadian or Provincial law require the use of EEO type taglines or other mandatory information when posting job opportunities? To my knowledge, the targeted firm does not engage in any contract work with either Provincial or Federal governments.
    Answered by Alissa Horvitz from Roffman Horvitz, PLC - Nov 29, 2017
    I do not believe that Ontario requires a tagline. I have found its Human Rights Commission website to be helpful in the past. http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/iv-human-rights-issues-all-stages-employment/3-advertising

    I am not familiar with requirements of other Provinces or Canadian law.

  • FQHC Posting Requirements
    Asked by Dayna S. - Nov 21, 2017
    My organization is an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center). Are we required to comply with OFCCP?
    Answered by Lisa Kaiser from The Kaiser Law Group, PLLC - Nov 22, 2017
    Jurisdiction is often tricky both for contractors and the agency. Being an FQHC doesn’t necessarily make a company required to comply with the laws enforced by OFCCP, but it doesn’t mean that the company is not a federal contractor either. Likely, a little more research needs to be done based on the facts of your situation.

  • Timeframe for Data Analysis
    Asked by Anonymous - Nov 20, 2017
    Last year was the first year we were required to develop an AAP and the dates we published were Jan 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017. It is my understanding that the analysis of data should be based on a snapshot of a specific date. Does that date have to fall within that year? Or is it the last day of the year and if it's the last day of 12/31/17, what date am I required to publish the 2018 AAP with the data analysis?

    Thank you.
    Answered by Lisa Kaiser from The Kaiser Law Group, PLLC - Nov 20, 2017
    The Hires, Applicants, Promotions, and Terminations should be dated beginning (and including) the full year. In your case January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The employee snapshot should be dated December 31, 2017. Best practice in this case is to prepare the plan as soon as reasonably possible after the first of the year. The regulations state that the AAPs must be updated annually. If audited, the company will be required to submit the plan and accompanying data within 30 days, so the plan should be in place before thirty days, of course.

  • OFCCP Interview
    Asked by Anonymous - Nov 20, 2017
    I would like to know if an employer has any control over releasing information (name and contact information) for management employees no longer with the company. Also, can the employer ask for a copy of the interview note(s), or have a company representative present during the interview?
    Answered by Lisa Kaiser from The Kaiser Law Group, PLLC - Nov 20, 2017
    This is a very good question and a very difficult area to navigate successfully. According to the regulations:

    Sec. 60-1.20 Compliance evaluations. (ii) An on-site review, conducted at the contractor's establishment to investigate unresolved problem areas identified in the AAP and supporting documentation during the desk audit, to verify that the contractor has implemented the AAP and has complied with those regulatory obligations not required to be included in the AAP, and to examine potential instances or issues of discrimination. An on-site review normally will involve an examination of the contractor's personnel and employment policies, inspection and copying of documents related to employment actions, and interviews with employees, supervisors, managers, hiring officials..."

    The regulations do not limit the OFCCP's authority to contact former employees or management, and in my experience, both when I was with the agency and since, they frequently do. The employer can ask for a copy of the interview questions, but I do not expect the agency would turn them over to anyone outside of the OFCCP. It is almost always best practice to have a representative present in any and all management interviews.

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