The purpose of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which works under the direction of the Secretary of Labor, is to enforce affirmative action and equal employment opportunity policies for federal contractors and subcontractors who do business with the federal government.
Employers have the responsibility of understanding federal regulations, contract standards, and compliance guidelines as part of compensation programs that receive federal funding. Some of the key practices that employers should know would include:
-How are compliance evaluations and complaint investigations conducted?
-What types of information is analyzed in periodic compliance reports?
-How are conciliation agreements designed that apply to contractors and subcontractors who are in violation of regulatory requirements?
-What types of sanctions and enforcement actions might be recommended to the Solicitor of Labor?
-What steps might employers take to achieve a higher level of compliance with these standards?
Christine Hendrickson, Senior Counsel
Labor and Employment OFCCP Compliance, Affirmative Action & Diversity Team
Christine Hendrickson is senior counsel in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment OFCCP Compliance, Affirmative Action & Diversity Team.
Ms. Hendrickson assists clients of all sizes and industries in matters involving OFCCP proceedings, including audits, enforcement actions, and other litigation. Ms. Hendrickson also works with clients to revamp their personnel practices; build “best practices;” and ensure compliance with mandates impacting recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, performance evaluation, discipline, and termination. In addition, Ms. Hendrickson provides strategic advice and counseling to employers on diversity programs, reductions-in-force, pay equity and employment compliance diagnostics. She also represents employers in a range of litigation matters challenging pay, promotion, hiring, and other personnel decisions.
Examples of Ms. Hendrickson’s work include: preparing a multiyear pay equity diagnostic for a Fortune 200 company, conducting a comprehensive employment diagnostic that culminated in a report to the CEO and the Board of Directors of a Fortune 200 company, devising alternative diversity metrics and working on a strategy to tie diversity metrics to incentive compensation, and advising major international corporate clients regarding reductions-in-force. Ms. Hendrickson has a Bachelor’s degree from Colby College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and she graduated cum laude from both institutions.
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