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OFCCP Extends and Expands TRICARE Enforcement Moratorium

[05/31/18]

Posted on May 31, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In happy news for the health care industry, OFCCP recently announced a two-year extension of its TRICARE enforcement moratorium. The agency’s self-initiated enforcement moratorium, which has been in effect for four years, is now scheduled to expire on May 7, 2021. OFCCP also expanded the scope of the moratorium to apply to providers under the... READ MORE

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“Unlucky” Companies Receive New Wave of “To Be Audited” Letters from OFCCP

[02/16/18]

Posted on February 16, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Earlier this month, OFCCP mailed 1,000 letters to unlucky companies notifying them that they are on the agency’s “to be audited” list. Known as Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (“CSALs”), the letters are provided as a courtesy in the hope that the company will be better prepared for the compliance review that is soon to follow.... READ MORE

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Changes Approved for OFCCP Audit Letter

[10/10/14]

Posted on October 10, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Jonathan C. Bumgarner

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced last week that it received approval to change its standard audit Scheduling Letter and accompanying Itemized Listing.  Together, these documents specify in detail what records and information federal contractors must supply to OFCCP when they are selected for a compliance review.  The changes are significant... READ MORE

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New Executive Order Will Require Contractors to Report Labor Violations

[08/08/14]

Posted on August 8, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Jonathan C. Bumgarner

President Obama’s latest Executive Order  (“EO”) is entitled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” but its requirements on federal contractors go beyond compensation and safety.  The good news is that implementation of these new requirements is not expected to be begin until 2016.  By then, we hope to have new regulations that better explain the... READ MORE

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New Executive Order Prohibits Retaliation Against Employees Who Discuss Compensation

[04/22/14]

Posted on April 22, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Jonathan C. Bumgarner

On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed a new Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating or retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation.  On the same date, President Obama also issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to issue new rules governing the collection of summary compensation data from federal contractors.  READ MORE

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New Executive Order Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

[02/21/14]

Posted on February 21, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Jonathan C. Bumgarner

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, which raises the minimum rate of pay for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.  The rate is subject to increases each year in relation to increases to the Consumer Price index.  This bold action by the president came after he was unable to convince... READ MORE

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OFCCP to Host Webinar Series Geared Toward Complying with New Regulations

[12/16/13]

Posted on December 16, 2013 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Jonathan C. Bumgarner

The OFCCP is hosting a series of webinars designed to help federal contractors understand and implement its newly published regulations regarding affirmative action for individuals with disabilities and certain protected veterans.  These new regulations, which become effective on March 24, 2014, significantly change the affirmative action obligations related to individuals with disabilities and certain... READ MORE

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OFCCP Wins a Battle, But the TRICARE War Is Bound to Continue

[08/06/13]

Posted on August 6, 2013 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) ruled on July 22, 2013 that Florida Hospital of Orlando (“Florida Hospital”) is a covered federal subcontractor subject to Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) jurisdiction by virtue of its participation as a network provider under TRICARE.  The ruling comes nine months after the same panel of judges... READ MORE

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OFCCP Mails Letters to “Unlucky” Companies on Audit List

[04/04/13]

Posted on April 4, 2013 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Jonathan C. Bumgarner

OFCCP continued its courtesy of providing advance notice to companies it plans to schedule for affirmative action compliance reviews.  OFCCP mailed the notices, known as Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (“CSALs”), on March 27, 2013.  Consistent with its recent practice, the notices are addressed to the “Human Resource Director” at local establishments as opposed to... READ MORE

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