TILG Quarterly Meeting – March 3, 2017
- March 3, 2017
3:45 am - 7:00 am
HIRING HURDLES AND HEADACHES: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO AUDIT YOUR COMPANY’S COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL HIRING REQUIREMENTS Presented by Gretchen Ewalt, Esq.
This session will provide practical tips and tools to audit the complex and often counter-intuitive maze of regulations private employers and federal contractors face relative to their hiring procedures. The session will highlight suggested flow chart analysis and ways to work effectively with your in-house team in building an audit structure that can be tested for gap analysis going forward.
Ms. Ewalt is a shareholder in the Raleigh, North Carolina office of Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, P.C. Ms. Ewalt is an advocate for employers. She counsels management on employee discipline and discharge decisions. Ms. Ewalt defends employers against allegations of race, age, gender, sexual harassment, national origin, and disability claims pending in state and federal courts. She also assists employers in preparing affirmative action plans and in complying with affirmative action regulations. Ms. Ewalt has successfully represented clients before various governmental agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the North Carolina and U.S. Departments of Labor, including the OFCCP. In 2014, Ms. Ewalt was named 2014 Raleigh Litigation – Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America and is also listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyer. Ms. Ewalt is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a member of the Triangle Industry Liaison Group.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND OFCCP COMPLIANCE IN A NEW ADMINISTRATION Presented by Leigh Nason, Esq.
Even though the administration has changed, OFCCP’s compliance evaluations continue to be comprehensive. Federal contractors and subcontractors are required to comply with the fairly new regulations regarding paid sick leave, pay transparency, sex discrimination, as well as the veterans’ and disability regulations. Yet, OFCCP also continues to predominately focus on selection and compensation issues during its compliance evaluations. This session will examine the fast moving world of affirmative action compliance, discuss the effects of the GAO Report on OFCCP, and provide best practices for contractors and subcontractors in this nuanced area of law.
Ms. Nason is a shareholder in the Columbia, South Carolina office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, P.C. and chairs the firm’s Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance Practice Group. She devotes the majority of her practice to representing federal contractors and subcontractors in compliance evaluations and administrative enforcement actions triggered by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Ms. Nason is routinely involved with investigating and resolving systemic discrimination issues stemming from statistical disparities in hiring, compensation, and testing; and has extensive experience negotiating allegations of back pay liability and other sanctions imposed by OFCCP. Ms. Nason has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for years and is listed in Chambers USA as one of the country’s leading attorneys in the affirmative action compliance arena. She has also authored and edited numerous publications in the affirmative action compliance area and others, and is a frequent lecturer locally, regionally and nationally in the areas of affirmative action and employment discrimination. Ms. Nason is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, and is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in the area of employment and labor law. She is a member of the South Carolina Industry Liaison Group.