Just one month after its decision in United Space Alliance, the District Court for the District of Columbia has again addressed the question of limits on OFCCP’s audit rights. In Bank of America N.A. v. Solis, No. 09-2009 (D.D.C. Dec. 13, 2011) [pdf], United States Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson issued a report and recommendation adopting the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure as a limit on OFCCP’s ability to select contractors for audit.Continue Reading OFCCP document requests as an unreasonable search and seizure
Chief Judge Royce Lamberth’s 46-page decision in United Space Alliance, LLC v. Solis, No. 11-746 (D.D.C. Nov. 14, 2011), introduces new uncertainties for contractors facing OFCCP investigations. The case arose from a 2009 OFCCP desk audit of United Space Alliance’s facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Applying DOL’s established practices to the initial compensation data provided by United Space Alliance revealed no discriminatory pattern. But DOL sought additional information because “it appeared that women were earning less more frequently than men.” United Space Alliance refused, calling the request “unjustified.”Continue Reading Responding to OFCCP document requests after United Space Alliance v. Solis
Supply and service contractors should be aware of a new OFCCP Directive that changes the way compliance audits will be conducted. OFCCP published Directive No. 295, known as Active Case Enforcement (ACE) [pdf], in mid-February 2011. The new directive sets forth how OFCCP will proceed with audits.
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The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has been busy the past few months and anticipates heightened activity in the months to come. New OFCCP initiatives include: (1) asserting jurisdiction over healthcare providers, (2) revamping efforts to identify workers misclassified as contractors; (3) proposing new affirmative action regulations for construction contractors; and (4) increasing enforcement…