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On December 24, OFCCP issued their Regulatory Agenda for 2013. Two long-looming updates are scheduled to become final during the second quarter and additional changes are to be proposed throughout the year. Below is a synopsis of OFCCP compliance updates schedule for this year:
The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. The department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs invites public comment on this proposal, which will be published in the Dec. 9 edition of the Federal Register.
On November 21, President Obama signed into law the American Jobs Act, that allows for two new tax credits for hiring unemployed veterans. Coinciding with these incentives, the Administration also launched the Veterans Job Bank to help veterans more easily identify the companies who are looking to hire them.
On June 14, OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu signed a directive outlining OFCCP's new Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) policies. FAAPs provide a way for Federal contractors and subcontractors to organize their AAPs by business unit or function as opposed to establishments or locations. A written agreement with OFCCP is required before contractors can implement an FAAP structure. These agreements must go through a renewal process every three years.