In health care? Get ready for federal affirmative action scrutiny

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The agency that oversees affirmative action compliance for companies that do business with the government is getting ready to ramp up enforcement.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has a bigger budget and more staffing this year, and intends to audit federal government contractors or subcontractors that have 50 or more employees and a contract or subcontract of at least $50,000. Those employers are required to establish an affirmative action program.

And the OFCCP can be expected to increase its scrutiny on health care providers that are contractors or subcontractors for the government. They’re obligated to comply with OFCCP regulations.

Affirmative action required

As hospitals learned last year, they can become subject to affirmative action regulations without even realizing it. For example, in OFCCP v. UPMC Braddock (2007-OFC-001/002/003, 2009), the Department of Labor’s ...(register to read more)

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