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Question: Returning Interns/Co-ops
We always try to bring interns/co-ops back for multiple terms and often try to get their commitment before they leave to go back to school well in advance. Given that, is there any requirement to post once they have joined us for additional internships/co-ops?
The obligation to post your positions with the ESDS per the VEVRAA mandatory job listing requirement applies to all payroll positions, with the exception of senior management positions, internal positions, and jobs lasting three days or less.
If the intern position is on your payroll, then you have an obligation to list the position when you first hire the intern. Unless you have terminated their internship, and subsequently from your payroll, if they come back for multiple semesters, there is no need for you to re-post their position.
OFCCP Formally Names Craig Leen Its Director
Craig Leen is now officially listed as Director of OFCCP after taking over for Ondray Harris last summer. As Acting Director, Leen has led OFCCP during the creation of 10 new directives, utilizing four pillars (transparency, efficiency, recognition, and certainty) to increase trust and improve relationships with federal contractors and the rest of the compliance industry.
OFCCP Rescinds Active Case Enforcement Directive
Under Directive 2019-01, Compliance Review Procedures, the agency rescinded the Active Case Enforcement (ACE) procedures which required full desk audits and increased the frequency of mandatory onsite reviews. With the current OFCCP leadership's focus on increasing the number of compliance evaluations, shortening desk audits, and conciliating issues more efficiently, OFCCP no longer sees a need for the ACE directive. In this first directive of FY 2019, OFCCP states that compliance reviews will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM) and recent directives.
OFCCP Establishes Early Resolution Procedures
OFCCP recently released Directive 2019-02, Early Resolution Procedures (ERP), a set of guidelines that would allow OFCCP and contractors with multiple establishments to proactively resolve possible violations quickly and develop corporate-wide corrective actions. The ERP differentiates between material or non-material violations and outlines steps for resolution. Compliance evaluations resolved with an ERP do not require the issuance of a Predetermination Notice (PDN) or a Notice of Violation (NOV), and may proceed directly to conciliation.
OFCCP to Provide Additional Compliance Guidance via Opinion Letters and Help Desk
Under Directive 2019-03, Opinion Letters and Help Desk, OFCCP sets forth its plan to utilize Opinion Letters as an additional method for providing compliance guidance to contractors. These letters are meant to provide guidance on the application of OFCCP regulations to fact-specific situations, reduce uncertainty in unusual circumstances, and help contractors ensure compliance. Employees and employers may request an opinion letter through a process OFCCP will set forth. The directive also seeks to improve OFCCP's online Help Desk by making questions and answers available to the public and searchable on its website.
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