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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR VETERANS
Within 30 days, the complainant may request review by the Director of such a finding or decision.
(2) Where an investigation indicates that the contractor has not complied with the requirements of the Act or this Part, efforts shall be made to secure compliance through conciliation and persuasion within a reasonable time. Before the contractor or subcontractor can be found to be in compliance, it must make a specific commitment, in writing, to take corrective action to meet the requirements of the Act and this Part. The commitment must indicate the precise action to be taken and dates for completion. The time period allowed should be no longer than the minimum period necessary to effect such changes. Upon approval of such commitment by the Director or the agency, the contractor may be considered in compliance on condition that the commitments are kept. Where the matter has been referred to an agency for investigation and resolution, the contractor and the complainant shall be advised that the resolution is subject to review by the Director and may be disapproved if it is determined that such resolution is not sufficient to achieve compliance.
(3) Where the complaint investigation indicates a violation of the Act or regulations in this Part and the complaint has not been resolved by informal means) the Director, or the agency with the approval of the Director, shall afford the contractor an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with § 60-250.29.
$60-250.27 Noncompliance with the af
firmative action clause.
Noncompliance with the prime contractor's or subcontractor's obligations under the affirmative action clause is a ground for taking appropriate action for noncompliance as set forth in $ 60-250.28 by the agency, the Director, prime contractor, or subcontractor. Any such noncompliance shall be reported in writing to the Director by the agency as soon as practicable after it is identified.
§ 60-250.28 Actions for noncompliance.
(a) General. In every case where any complaint investigation indicates the existence of a violation of the affirmative action clause or these regulations, the matter should be resolved by informal means, including conciliation, and persuasion, whenever possible. This will also include establishing a corrective action program in accordance with 60-250.26(g) (2). Where the apparent
violation is not resolved by informal means. the Director or the agency shall proceed in accordance with the enforcement procedures contained in this Part.
(b) Judicial enforcement.-In addition to the administrative remedies set forth herein, the Director may, within the limitations of applicable law, seek appropriate judicial action to enforce the contractual provisions set forth in § 60-250.4 incuding appropriate injunctive relief.
(c) Withholding progress payments.— With the prior approval of the Director so much of the accrued payment due on the contract or any other contract between the government prime contractor and the federal government may be withheld as necessary to correct any violations of the provisions of the affirmative action clause.
(d) Termination.-A contract or subcontract may be cancelled or terminated, in whole or in part. for failure to comply with the provisions of the affirmative action clause.
(c) Debarment.-A prime contractor or subcontractor or a prospective contractor or subcontractor may be debarred from receiving future contracts for failure to comply with the provisions of the affirmative action clause. §60-250.29 Formal hearings.
(a) Hearing opportunity.-An opportunity for a formal hearing shall be afforded to a prime contractor or a subcontractor or a prospective prime contractor or subcontractor by the agency or Director in any of the following circumstances:
(1) An apparent violation of the alfirmative action clause by a contractor or subcontractor, as shown by any investigation, is not resolved by informal means and a hearing is requested; or
(2) The Director, or an agency upon prior notification to the Director, proposes to cancel or terminate the contract or withhold progress payments, or cause the contract to be canceled or terminated or progress payments to be withheld, in whole or in part, on a contract or contracts, or to require cancellation or termination of a contract or subcontract or withholding of progress payments; or
(3) The Director, or an agency with the approval of the Director, proposes to declare a prime contractor or subcontractor ineligible for further contracts or subcontracts under the Act.
(b) Hearing practice and procedure. (1) All Learings conducted under section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and the regulations in this Part shall be governed by the Rules of Practice for Administrative Proceedings to Enforce Equal Opportunity Under Executive Order 11246 contained in 41 CFR Part 60-30 except that complaints shall be issued by the Associate Bolicitor, Division of Labor Relations and Civil Rights, Office of the Solicitor, rather than by the Solicitor of Labor.
(2) For the purposes of hearings pursuant to this Part 60-250, references in 41 CFR Part 60-30 to "Executive Order 11246" shall mean section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; to "equal opportunity clause" shall mean the affirmative action clause published at 41 CFR 60-250.4; and to "regulations" shall mean the regulations contained in this Part 60-250.
(3) The Administrative Law Judge's recommended findings, conclusions and decision shall be certified to the Assistant Secretary; Employment Standards Administration rather than to the head of the compliance agency or to the Secretary (see 41 CFR 60-30.27). Accordingly, exceptions to the recommended decision (41 CFR 60-30 28) shall be filled with the Assistant Secretary, Employment Standards Administration, and the final Administrative Order contemplated by 41 CFR 60-30.30 shall be issued by the Assistant Secretary Employment Standards Administration. Except for these changes in procedure, all the other provisions of the rules of practice cited in this 41 CFR § 60–741.29 (b) shall remain in full force and effect.
contractors and subcontractors who have been declared ineligible under the regulations in this Part and the Act.
§ 60-250.32 Disputed matters related to the affirmative action program. The procedures set forth in the regulations in this Part govern all disputes relative to a contractor's compliance with the affirmative action clause and the requirements of this Part. Any disputes relating to issues other than compliance, including contract costs arising out of the contractor's efforts to comply, shall be determined by the disputes clause of the contract.
§ 60-250.33 Responsibilities of State employment services.
(a) Any job openings listed pursuant to § 60-250.3 which requires contractors to list their job openings with State employment services offices, shall be utilized by State employment security agencies to refer qualified disabled veterans and veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era.
(b) The local offices of the FederalState employment service shall give priority in referral to disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era to such employment openings listed by contractors and subcontractors pursuant to this part.
(c) The local employment office staff will contract employers to solicit job orders. The State employment service will make available information pertinent to a determination of whether the contractor is in compliance with the mandatory listing and reporting requirements of the affirmative action clause.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR VETERANS
prime contractor or subcontractor, who fails to take all necessary steps to ensure that no person intimidates, threatens, coerces, or discriminates against any individual for the purpose of interfering with the filing of a complaint, furnishing information, or assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation, compliance review, hearing, or any other activity related to the administration of the Act.
§ 60-250.52 Recordkeeping.
(a) Each contractor and subcontractor shall maintain for a period not less than one year records regarding complaints and actions taken thereunder, and such employment or other records as required by the Director or agency or by this Part and shall furnish such information in the form required by the Director or agency or as the Director deems necessary for the administration of the Act and regulations issued under this Part.
(b) Failure to maintain complete and accurate records as required under this section or failure to update annually the affirmative action program as required by 60-250.5(b) constitutes noncompliance with the contractor's or subcontractor's obligations under the affirmative action clause and is a ground for the imposition of appropriate sanctions.
§ 60-250.53 Access to records of employment.
Each prime contractor and subcontractor shall permit access during normal business hours to its places of business, books, records and accounts pertinent to compliance with the Act, and all rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto for the purposes of complaint investigations, and investigations of performance under the affirmative action clause of the contract or subcontract. Information obtained in this manner shall be used only in connection with the administration of the Act.
§ 60-250.54 Rulings and interpretations.
Rulings under or interpretations of the Act and the regulations contained in this Part 60-250 shall be made by the Secretary or his or her designee.
This employer is a government contractor subject to Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 which requires government contractors to take affirmative action to employ and ad
vance in employment qualified disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. If you are a disabled veteran covered by this program and would like to be considered under the affirmative action program, please tell us. This information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not subject you to discharge or disciplinary treatment. Information obtained concerning individuals shall be kept confidential, except that (1) supervisors and managers may be informed regarding restrictions on the work or duties of disabled veterans, and regarding necessary accommodations, and (ii) first aid personnel may be informed, when and to the extent appropriate, if the condition might require emergency treatment. In order to assure proper placement of all employees, we do request that you answer the following question: If you have a disability which might affect your performance or create a hazard to yourself or others in connection with the Job for which you are applying, please state the following: (1) The skills and procedures you use or intend to use to perform the job notwithstanding the disability and (2) the accommodations we could make which would enable you to perform the job properly and safely, including special equipment, changes in the physical layout of the job, elimination of certain duties relating to the job or other accommodations.
The following is a set of procedures which contractors may use to meet the requirements of 60-250:6(b).
(1) The application or personnel form of each known covered veteran should be annotated to identify each vacancy for which he or she was considered, and the form should be quickly retrievable for review by the agency, the Department of Labor and the contractor's personnel oficials for use in investigations and internal compliance activities.
(2) The personnel or application records of each known covered veteran should inIclude (1) the identification of each promotion for which he or she was considered, and (11) the identification of each training program for which he or she was considered.
(3) In each case where a covered veteran is rejected for employment, promotion or training, a statement of the reasons should be appended to the personnel file or application form. This statement should include a comparison of the qualifications of the covered veteran and the person(s) selected, as well as a description of the accommodations considered. This statement should be available to the applicant or employee concerned upon request.
(4) Where applicants or employees are selected for hire, promotion or training and the contractor undertakes any accommodation which makes it possible for him or her to place a covered veteran on the job, the application form or personnel record should contain a description of that accommodation.
OFCCP Rules of Practice
§ 60-1.26 of Part 60-1 of this chapter (41 CFR Part 60-1).
§ 60-30.1 Applicability of rules.
This part provides the rules of practice for all administrative proceedings, instituted either by the OFCCP or by a compliance agency, including but not limited to proceedings instituted against construction contractors or subcontractors, which relate to the enforcement of equal opportunity under Executive Order 11246, as amended. In the absence of a specific provision, procedures shall be in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
§ 60-30.2 Waiver, modification.
Upon notice to all parties, the Administrative Law Judge may, with respect to matters pending before him, modify or waive any rule herein upon a determination that no party will be prejudiced and that the ends of justice will be served thereby.
§ 60-30.3 Computation of time.
In computing any period of time under these rules or in an order issued hereunder, the time begins with the day following the act, event, or default, and includes the last day of the period, unless it is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday observed by the Federal Government in which event it includes the next business day.
§ 60-30.4 Form, filing, service of pleadings and papers.
(a) Form.-The original of all pleadings and papers in a proceeding conducted under the regulations in this part shall be filed with the Administrative Law Judge assigned to the case or with the Chief Administrative Law Judge if the case has not been assigned. Every pleading and paper filed in the proceeding shall contain a caption setting forth the name of the agency instituting the proceeding, the title of the action, the case file number assigned by the Administrative Law Judge, and a designation of the pleading or paper (e.g. complaint, motion to dismiss, etc.). The pleading or papers shall be signed and shall contain the address and telephone number of the person representing the party or the person on whose behalf the pleading or paper was filed. Unless otherwise