Maryelena draws on her extensive background as an employment attorney, affirmative action consultant, and employee relations manager to assist clients in navigating the complex statutes and regulations governing compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action requirements binding federal contractors. Clients rely on Maryelena’s experience and ability to provide practical advice and compliance strategies tailored to their business and corporate environment.
Maryelena concentrates on designing affirmative action programs and advising government contractors on implementation of the systems and processes necessary to comply with Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act. In addition to providing carefully crafted affirmative action programs, Maryelena works with the human resources personnel, company counsel, and senior executives in implementing legal and human resources strategies surrounding affirmative action compliance. Her lengthy experience as both an employment attorney and consultant make her uniquely qualified to provide this key strategic advice.
Maryelena also guides federal contractors (ranging in size from 50 employees to 50,000) through regular compliance evaluations and Corporate Management reviews conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), including helping the contractor define the theme of the audit and initial submission, working with the company to provide effective responses to OFCCP inquires, negotiating with the Agency if violations are identified, and providing assistance for successful fulfillment of the terms of a conciliation agreement.