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Web Seminar Will Provide OFCCP Update
New OFCCP directive, recent audit activity, clarifying "federal contractor" designation

Increased audit activity has been noted in California and is fueling concern regarding the rules surrounding the federal contractor designation.

Until recently, the Department of Labor, which oversees the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP), has taken the position that hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid were not considered federal contractors. However, a new OFCCP directive indicates that receipt of Medicare Part C or D may trigger contractor status.

In addition, a recent administrative law decision found Florida Hospital to be a federal contractor because it was a provider under the Department of Defense’s TRICARE health care program.

Whether a hospital is a standalone or part of a larger system, it is important to understand whether or not it is considered a federal contractor, and, if so, what it must do to comply with the rules. To help bring clarity to this issue, CHA will hold a web seminar March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon (PT).

The seminar will provide an overview of the federal contractor designation and review recent developments on how OFCCP views federal contractors. Participants will learn about situations that may or may not trigger federal contractor status, compliance obligations for federal contractors and what is involved in the audit process, and hear an update on recent enforcement and regulatory activity.

Faculty for the program will include Jane Suhr, director of the Los Angeles District Office, OFCCP; G. Roger King, partner with Jones Day; and Gail Blanchard-Saiger, CHA vice president, labor and employment.

Tuition is $185 for members and $250 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, go to www.calhospital.org/ofccp-web.

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