OFCCP Compliance Reviews
The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposes significant cuts for many federal agencies, including that of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP). The OFCCP faces more than 16% reduction in budget; and a head count reduction of about 23% from prior year. The acting Director of the OFCCP Tom Dowd, however, promises that the OFCCP agenda will not be affected, and in fact be expanded with programs for more awareness, assistance and enforcement with compliance reviews. That means that the contractors should not equate a budget cut with a lesser number of audits. Indeed, many industry insiders expect that enforcement will actually expand in the form of more OFCCP compliance reviews. To navigate a coordinated focus on awareness, training and enforcement by a ‘lean and mean’ OFCCP needs preparation on the part of Federal contractors.
To assist the contractor community with preparation for OFCCP compliance reviews, Jobfindah Network is pleased to announce this complimentary webinar on OFCCP compliance reviews preparation in this new age of lean government to presented by one of the pre-eminent employment attorneys, Ms, Shafeeqa Giarratani of Ogletree Deakins. The webinar is scheduled for December 5, at 2:00 pm eastern.
This discussion will cover tips and tricks on how to ready both your files and employees for an OFCCP Compliance Review in 2018. Key Learning Objectives include a detailed overview of what compliance reviews involve; and how to prepare for success with the following items:
- What data you must provide;
- What data you should avoid providing (at least initially);
- What you should and should not say; and
- Knowing when to get outside counsel involved.
Our presenter, Shafeeqa Giarratani is a co-managing shareholder of the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. She represents employers in federal and state court, and before administrative agencies and regulatory agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Shafeeqa regularly advises federal contractor clients on affirmative action, legislative and regulatory changes affecting employment matters for federal contractors and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) compliance issues, from developing affirmative action plans to representing companies during the audit process. Shafeeqa was named by Law 360 as a 2016 Rising Star, one of only seven employment lawyers in the country to receive such a distinction. She has also been named one of The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers (2017), Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney PLC (2016), LMG Rising Star, and much more. She has also been named repeatedly as a Super Lawyer – Texas Rising Star and was featured in Bloomberg BNA for her commitment to her clients.
Shafeeqa earned her J.D. with honors from the Harvard Law School, and A.B. degree, with honors, from the Harvard University.