Affirmative Action Programs (CO213)

This workshop concentrates on how to develop and administer acceptable affirmative action programs (AAP) and how to handle a compliance audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). You will learn:

  • The legal meaning of affirmative action
  • The components of AAP
  • Practical aspects of implementing an AAP
  • Preparing for an OFCCP compliance review

Key Topics

  • What is affirmative action?
    • Understanding Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act
    • Who is a government contractor?
    • Implications of the current affirmative action debate
  • The basic requirements of an AAP
    • Understanding the elements of an AAP
    • Current OFCCP issues and concerns
    • Establishing placement goals
    • Establishing reporting and monitoring systems
  • Implementing the AAP
    • Dealing with AA goals during downsizing
    • Confidentiality issues
    • Developing unique action-oriented AA programs
    • Maintaining applicant flow data
  • The compliance review process
    • Types of compliance evaluations
    • Preparing for an evaluation
    • The do's and don'ts of on-site evaluations
    • Understanding the off-site analysis phase
    • Strategies for negotiating and resolving audit issues with the OFCCP

Special Features

  • Discussion of the latest OFCCP regulations
  • Practical tips from a panel of experts
  • Extensive case-study practice
  • Coverage of 2000 Affirmative Action Regulations

Who Will Benefit

Affirmative action professionals responsible for AA compliance


William A. Carmell, Esq.

William A. Carmell, Esq., Partner Emeritus, New York Office of Ford and Harrison LLP, has 25 years of experience in employment law, including as staff counsel at Union Carbide. He has represented multinational corporations and has experience in Title VII and ADEA class actions, single-plaintiff litigation on behalf of management, reductions in force, and affirmative action law.

Lorence L. Kessler, Esq.

Lorence L. Kessler, Esq., Practicing Attorney, specializes in employment matters, including EEO, affirmative action, and workplace harassment issues. For more than 12 years, Mr. Kessler was a partner in a law firm representing the EEAC, an association of large employers. He authored Managing Diversity in an Equal Opportunity Workplace.

Linda Cavanna-Wilk, Esq.

Linda Cavanna-Wilk, Esq., Of Counsel, New York Office of Ford and Harrison LLP, focuses her practice on employment law, representing management clients in all aspects of EEO law and administrative litigation, including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge matters, sexual and other forms of harassment, FMLA, FLSA, reductions-in-force, policy and procedure development and the development of employee handbooks.

16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
United States

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