Human Resource and Labor News

U.S. Department of Labor Schedules Regional Compliance Seminars for Employers

June 26, 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) have implemented a series of regional compliance seminars in various cities throughout the country.  Each seminar will be offered free of charge to employers.

OFCCP, responsible for ensuring that contractors doing business with the federal government do not discriminate and take affirmative action, has recently announced details on its upcoming seminars, including one specifically designed for the construction industry, Compliance Assistance for Construction Contractors.  Other OFCCP seminars will address topics such as affirmative action plan development, recruiting veterans and the disabled, internet applicant tracking, and recordkeeping procedures, to name a few.  For a complete list of seminar topics, dates, locations, and registration information, visit the OFCCP Events Web page.

In addition to the above-mentioned seminars, OFCCP is partnering with WHD to present the Prevailing Wage Conference 2009, a two-and-a-half day seminar that will address prevailing wage issues as they relate to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  The conference will cover such topics as:

  • The Davis-Bacon Act and McNamara O'Hara Service Contract Act;
  • The process of obtaining wage determinations and adding classifications;
  • Compliance assistance and enforcement processes;
  • The process of appealing wage rates, coverage, and compliance determinations; and
  • Contractor and agency requirements under Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.

Only two conferences have been scheduled so far, both in Washington, DC.  The first will be held July 20-22, 2009, followed by a second, identical session July 22-24. WHD and OFCCP are expected to soon announce the dates and locations for six additional prevailing wage conferences so that employers who are unable to travel to Washington, DC, will be able to participate regionally.

To register for one of the Washington, DC, conference sessions, participants should email all contact information along with their AGC affiliation to whdarra@dol.gov.  Additional WHD information related to ARRA can be found on the WHD Web site.  Other resources, such as AGC's Davis-Bacon Manual on Labor Standards for Federal and Federally Assisted Construction and Affirmative Action Manual for Construction are found on AGC's Labor and HR Topical Resources Web page.