On March 24, 2015 Candee Chambers, DirectEmployers VP of Compliance and Partnerships, will join Jon Zimring, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, to provide federal contractors with additional education and guidance pertaining to the OFCCP’s Section 503 and Section 4212 (VEVRAA) regulations.

The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Candee Chambers, Vice President of Compliance & Partnerships at DirectEmployers Association, and Jon Zimring, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ live webcast entitled, “Federal Contractor Section 503 and Section 4212 (VEVRAA) Compliance: Emerging Issues and Practical Guidance on Affirmative Action for Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans.” This event is scheduled for March 24, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (ET).

“The regulatory landscape is constantly changing which makes education paramount to understanding OFCCP regulations and how they impact your organization,” said Candee Chambers, Vice President of Compliance and Partnerships at DirectEmployers Association. “No matter how many audits you’ve been through and how knowledgeable you feel, there is always room to grow. In my experience, each audit is different and brings about its own separate challenges.”

In this two-hour live webcast, thought leaders Chambers and Zimring will help employers who are federal contractors or subcontractors understand how to comply with the unprecedented new regulations covering affirmative action programs for individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. They will provide an in-depth discussion of how the new regulatory requirements work, how the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is enforcing them and what the changes mean at a practical level. Speakers will also offer best practices in developing and implementing effective affirmative action programs to ensure compliance. Key topics of this webcast will include:

  • How the new regulations differ from anything before them
  • How to effectively transition to current day affirmative action compliance for individuals with disabilities and protected veterans
  • How the OFCCP has been enforcing the new regulations in compliance reviews
  • How the new regulations affect contractor obligations in data collection, outreach and training
  • What the percentage utilization goals and hiring targets really mean
  • Practical tips for dealing with the OFCCP during a compliance review
  • Costs of compliance

“OFCCP does not get around to every contractor every year, so it is easy to get lulled into complacency,” added Jon Zimring, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. “This is dangerous, though, because today’s OFCCP will not likely be satisfied with anything thrown together at the last minute. Being caught unprepared in 2015 generally translates into an often costly and intensive 2 year relationship with OFCCP administered through a Conciliation Agreement. It really pays to be prepared.”

For further event details or to register to attend this live webcast, visit http://theknowledgegroup.org/event_name/federal-contractor-section-503-and-vevraa-compliance-emerging-issues-and-practical-guidance-live-webcast/.

About Candee Chambers, SPHR, CAAP
Candee Chambers, SPHR, CAAP, is the Vice President of Compliance & Partnerships at DirectEmployers Association. Candee leads the Association’s compliance initiatives, oversees the creation of strategic partnerships with a multitude of organizations that allow DirectEmployers membership to share their job opportunities with job seekers, and manages the relationship with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) which includes the joint-initiative, National Labor Exchange (NLx). Candee also provides guidance on compliance matters related to Affirmative Action regulations, outreach responsibilities and employee selection, while developing and providing training to HR and staffing professionals on these same topics. She regularly shares her expertise and guidance to DirectEmployers Members, and has had the opportunity to speak extensively across the United States at Affirmative Action-related conferences, regional ILG meetings and ILG National Conferences. Candee also frequently presents with employment law experts on topics related to VEVRAA and Section 503. She was also recently appointed as a faculty member during the National Employment Law Institute’s (NELI) Affirmative Action program series.

Candee holds her SPHR designation and is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional. She is the Vice Chair of the Indiana Industry Liaison Group, and serves as Co-Chair of the DirectEmployers Association Recruitment Regulatory Compliance Committee and the National Labor Exchange (NLx) Operations Committees.

About Jon Zimring
Jon Zimring, a Labor & Employment Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, practices management-side labor and employment law with an emphasis on the practical resolution of difficult workplace problems playing themselves out internally, before administrative agencies or in the courts. Jon also has an active practice assisting employers with prevention through proactive audits, compensation analyses, investigations and consultation and through the development of policies, procedures, systems and training. Jon’s practice includes representation of employers through the gamut of workplace issues, including traditional labor relations with unions, federal government contract compliance, wage and hour, leave and disability and all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Jon brings to bear for his clients an intense focus on best strategies for avoiding litigation and entanglements with administrative agencies and unions, and where such litigation, agency or union entanglements are ongoing and unavoidable, how best to resolve them with the least expenditure of time and resources.

Jon regularly resolves matters on behalf of employers finding themselves before, to name a few, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), numerous state and local counterparts to these agencies and the many other federal, state and local agencies that investigate, audit compliance with and enforce labor and employment laws. For employers with government contracting obligations, regularly guides clients in designing and self-auditing affirmative action programs to demonstrate compliance in light of increasingly agreessive OFCCP enforcement, and represents clients in OFCCP compliance reviews.

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit: www.knowledgecongress.org.

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