Overview

Alissa A. Horvitz is co-chair of Littler Mendelson's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Practice Group. Her experience includes:

  • Preparing affirmative action plans
  • Representing government contractors before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Preparing for and defending OFCCP audits and onsite visits
  • Responding to OFCCP information requests
  • Evaluating compensation disparity claims
  • Evaluating single entity claims
  • Opposing OFCCP jurisdictional claims for companies without government contracts
  • Petitioning OFCCP for separate facility exemptions
  • Evaluating compliance with the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures

She has prepared and defended hundreds of desk audit submissions and has significant on-site defense experience preparing and defending managers in interviews and in preparing employees for interviews. She has specific knowledge of the following statutes, Executive Orders, and regulations:

  • Executive Order 11246
  • Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act
  • The Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002
  • 41 C.F.R. Parts 60 and 61
  • The Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures
  • The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations (52.222-xx)
  • Executive Order 13496

Alissa also prepares adverse impact analyses associated with reductions-in-force, conducts privileged compensation analyses, and provides guidance regarding outreach to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Additionally, she advises employers on:

  • The preparation of EEO-1 and VETS-100A forms
  • The overlap between affirmative action and diversity
  • Myriad issues arising out of their obligations under OFCCP regulations

Working with any company that is a direct contractor or subcontractor to a contract with the federal government, Alissa's clients span the following industries:

  • Construction
  • Defense
  • Health care and medical suppliers
  • Trucking and transportation
  • Retail
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Warehousing
  • Universities
  • Information technology

She frequently speaks to government contractor groups on various affirmative action and audit preparation topics. She also is frequently quoted by reporters in their analysis of OFCCP events and is widely-regarded as a thought-leader on OFCCP topics.

Prior to working at Littler, Alissa spent 16 years at another well-respected law firm, developing and growing the affirmative action and OFCCP practice. While there, she also successfully litigated a disability discrimination jury trial, an employee benefits bench trial, a wrongful termination case, and several federal class and collective action cases involving allegations of race and age discrimination.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Maryland State Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Publications & Press

Veteran Benchmark Won’t Change Until 2016 for Calendar-Year Plans

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

April 24, 2015

Rule Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination Requires Some Contractor Action

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

December 4, 2014

VETS-4212 Form Reduces Paperwork Burden

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

October 3, 2014

Attorneys Analyze OFCCP Proposal Requiring Equal Pay Report Submissions

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

September 26, 2014

Change to VETS Form ‘Long Overdue’

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 7, 2014

Proposed Equal Pay Report Seeks Submission of W-2 Compensation

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 6, 2014

Federal Contractors Await Announcement of Proposed Compensation Data Collection Tool

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

July 18, 2014

OFCCP to Focus on Veterans/Disabilities Rules, ‘Rigorous' Pay Data Analyses

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report® Special Report

January 28, 2014

Government issues controversial rule

Washington Post

September 1, 2013

Braddock Hospital: Implications for Health Care Providers and Beyond

Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter

August 8, 2013

OFCCP Sends Disability, Veterans Rules to OMB

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 7, 2013

OFCCP Proposed Rule Criticized on Capitol Hill

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

April 19, 2012

OFCCP Hiring Rules Draw Contractors’ Ire

Law360.com

April 18, 2012

Federal Contractors Get New Scrutiny

SHRM Magazine

November 1, 2011

OFCCP Jurisdiction and the Health Care Industry

Law 360

October 27, 2010

A High Bar

HR Magazine

SHRM

April 2010

Ten Tips for Training Recruiters and Hiring Managers in Dispositioning Applicants: Ways to Make Sure That Your Company is Fully Using the Internet Applicant Definition and is Able to Recreate and Explain its Hiring and Selection Decisions

EEO Insight

Biddle Consulting Group

April 2009

Government Contractor Conundrum: The JVA Rule and VETS-100 Form

Legal Report

SHRM

Oct/Nov 2007

New EEO-1 Rules

Insight

September 12, 2007

Risky Volunteer Work: Self-Audits of Compensation

Legal Report

SHRM

Jan/Feb 2007

Alissa Horvitz and Joshua Roffman Discuss the Risks Associated with Self-Analysis

BNA's Affirmative Action Compliance Manual

August 31, 2006

Books & Book Chapters

  • Labor and Employment Issues in The Government Contracting Process, Navigating the Government Contracts Process, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2008

Speaking Engagements

OFCCP Roundup

Brentwood, TN

May 12, 2015

Rethinking Internet Applicant in 2015

Minnesota Affirmative Action Compliance Council

January 22, 2015

Revisiting Internet Applicant in 2014

32nd Annual National Conference – ILG, Washington, DC

August 6, 2014

Top Ten Tips for Inclusion and OFCCP Regulatory Update

DC Metro Business Leadership Network, Arlington, VA

January 9, 2013

Preparing for the New Audit Scheduling Letter While It Awaits OMB Approval

Baltimore Industry Liaison Group (BILG)/Maryland Association of Affirmative Action Officers Meeting, Baltimore, MD

September 24, 2012

OFCCP Update: What You Need to Know to Prepare for and Complete an Audit

Annual Meeting - National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Chicago, IL

June 30, 2012

Ten Compliance Tips to Prepare for OFCCP’s Proposed Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities Regulations; the New Proposed Scheduling Letter; and Testifying Before Congress

Central and Western NY Meeting - Industry Liaison Group (ILG), Rochester, NY

June 22, 2012

The Supreme Court Takes Fisher v. University of Texas: What Does This Mean for Affirmative Action in Higher Education

2012 National Conference and Annual Meeting – American Association for Affirmative Action

June 15, 2012

Update on OFCCP’s Aggressive Regulatory and Enforcement Agenda

Upper Midwest Institute, Minneapolis, MN

May 21, 2012

OFCCP Update: Dealing with an Aggressive Regulatory and Enforcement Agenda

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Preparing for an OFCCP Construction Audit

Associated General Contractors of America Meeting, Washington, D.C.

April 20, 2012

OFCCP Enforcement and Regulatory Update

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA

April 19, 2012

OFCCP’s New Scheduling Letter: Practical and Strategic Suggestions for the New Desk Audit Submission

South West and Rocky Mountain Regional Conference - ILG, San Antonio, TX

April 11, 2012

Top Ten Forward-Looking Planning Questions For Which Your Company Needs Good Answers To Comply With OFCCP’s Proposed Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities Regulations

Joint Web Seminar - South Carolina Industry Liaison Group (SCILG) and Charlotte Area Liaison Group (CALG)

March 27, 2012

Ten Steps Contractors Should Take Now Before OFCCP’s New Scheduling Letter Takes Effect

Employment Law Conference - National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Seattle, WA

March 22, 2012

Preparing for OFCCP’s New Audit Scheduling Letter: Ten Recommendations

Liberty Industry Liaison Group (Liberty ILG) Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

February 9, 2012

How Significant is Statistical Significance? - A Practical Perspective

2011 National Conference - Industry Liaison Group (ILG), New Orleans, LA

July 27, 2011

OFCCP Regulatory and Enforcement Update

Indianapolis Industry Liaison Group (Indiana ILG) Meeting

June 17, 2011

The 2011 Littler Health Care Summit

New York, NY

June 8, 2011

The Implications of OFCCP's Active Case Enforcement Directive and Proposed Veterans Regulations

Southern Nevada Industry Liaison Group Meeting

June 7, 2011

Complying with OFCCP's Internet Applicant Regulations: A Primer for Recruiters and Hiring Managers

Client Presentation

April 2011

Federal Construction and Federally-Assisted Construction Contractor Compliance with OFCCP's Regulations

Client Presentation

April 2011

Preparing for an OFCCP Compliance Review Under Active Case Enforcement

Client Presentation

April 2011

Web 2.0 and OFCCP's Internet Applicant Rule

Minnesota Affirmative Action Compliance Council

January 2011

Extreme Makeover at OFCCP: Update on Developments Affecting Government Contractors

Industry Liaison Group of Arkansas

September 2010

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Other Informal Recruiting Techniques: Compliance with OFCCP's Internet Applicant Regulation and Record Keeping Obligations in a Web 2.0 World

Industry Liaison Group of Arkansas

September 2010

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Other Informal Recruiting Techniques: Compliance with OFCCP's Internet Applicant Regulation and Record Keeping Obligations in a Web 2.0 World

South West and Rocky Mountain Regional Conference - Industry Liaison Group (ILG)

April 22, 2010

OFCCP's Focus During Compliance Reviews: The Contractor's Response to the Itemized Listings

South West and Rocky Mountain Regional Conference - Industry Liaison Group (ILG)

April 22, 2010

OFCCP Regulatory and Enforcement Update

Annual Employment Law Institute - Pennsylvania Bar Institute

April 2010

Compensation Discrimination Law: the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act -- Why Employers Need to Worry About More than OFCCP Investigations

Space Coast Industry Liaison Group, Florida

March 17, 2010

OFCCP Regulatory and Enforcement Update

Jacksonville Industry Liaison Group

March 2, 2010

Employer Roundtable: OFCCP Best Practices

Meeting - New England Industry Liaison Group

November 2009

Compensation Discrimination Law: the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act -- Why Employers Need to Worry About More than OFCCP Investigations

2009 National Conference - Industry Liaison Group, Atlanta, GA

July 29, 2009

OFCCP Perspective on Employers' Use of Tests in the Hiring Process: The Implications of Ricci v DeStefano

Annual Employment Law Institute - Pennsylvania Bar Institute

April 2009

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1990
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1987

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
Maryland

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland