Hospital and Healthcare Providers Beware: You May Be Subject to Federal Affirmative Action an Equal Employment Opportunity Hiring Requirements and Not Even Know It

March 9, 2011Articles Becker's Hospital Review
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been notifying hospitals and other healthcare providers that they are "federal contractors" who are subject to OFCCP jurisdiction based on their participation in TRICARE or provision of services to TRICARE beneficiaries. The notice further advises that due to the hospital's or healthcare provider's "federal contractor" status it must provide the OFCCP with an Affirmative Action Plan and supporting documentation or risk being audited and fined. Predictably, this notice has surprised many hospitals/healthcare providers because they never entered into a federal contract regarding TRICARE and thus never suspected they were subject to the OFCCP's jurisdiction.

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