Tag Archives: OFCCP

Register Now For The OFCCP Institute’s Compliance Conference in Chicago

The OFCCP’s increasingly aggressive enforcement scheme continues to present challenges for federal contractors and subcontractors. Please join The OFCCP Institute for a comprehensive two-day seminar featuring several distinguished speakers, including Chai Feldblum of the EEOC, Consuelo Pinto of the DOL’s Division of Civil Rights, and OFCCP and employment attorney, Christy Kiely.… Continue Reading

DOL Updates Sex Discrimination Guidelines For First Time In 46 Years

Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Executive Order 11246 in 1965, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been charged with ensuring nondiscrimination and affirmative action for females in employment. In 1970, regulations were issued to further this goal, known as the Sex Discrimination Guidelines, codified at 41 CFR Part 60-20. Those guidelines have not been substantially updated in the 46 years since. Until now, that is. The DOL acknowledges the Guidelines have become “out of touch with current law and with the realities of today’s workforce and workplaces.” See: OFCCP Fact Sheet on Sex Discrimination Final Rule. So, the OFCCP is bringing the Guidelines “from the ‘Mad Men’ era’ to the modern era.’”… Continue Reading

You’re Invited: Systemic Discrimination Under the EEOC and OFCCP

The Department of Labor is increasingly focused on identifying and pursuing claims of systemic discrimination, both in EEOC charge investigations and OFCCP audits. In this type of claim, the government challenges a policy or practice that (allegedly) disadvantages an entire group of protected employees. These claims are dangerous for employers because they can cover hundreds of work locations and thousands of employees. Employers often unwittingly set themselves up for these claims, by failing to recognize the implications of a seemingly routine information request.… Continue Reading

OFCCP Proposes Prohibition Against Pay Secrecy Policies

Federal contractors and subcontractors may soon be prohibited by the OFCCP from having polices that prohibit employees from talking about their pay and from discriminating against those who do. On September 17, the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) concerning pay secrecy policies.… Continue Reading

Department of Labor Proposes Rule Imposing New Reporting Requirements on Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

In response to a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Labor ("DOL") to collect summary compensation data from federal contractors and subcontractors to combat pay discrimination, the DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") recently proposed a rule calling on certain federal contractors to submit reports on employee compensation.… Continue Reading

DOL Proposed Rule to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

On February 12, 2014, President Obama announced Executive Order 13658, "Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors." The order seeks to raise the hourly minimum wage paid to workers performing services on covered Federal contracts to: (i) $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015; and (ii) beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Order.… Continue Reading

Pay Equity Under The Obama Administration: What Do The Latest Executive Actions Mean For Your Company?

You're Invited: Pay Equity Under The Obama Administration. Pay equity for women and minorities has been a priority throughout President Obama's administration. President Obama has wielded his Executive power with increasing frequency in 2014. President Obama recently issued an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum that target the pay practices of federal contractors. Both actions are designed to increase transparency in employee compensation. They may have significant consequences for covered employers.… Continue Reading

Recent Executive Action Relies on Wage Transparency To Further Pay Equity Agenda

On April 8, 2014, in recognition of National Equal Pay Day, President Obama continued to advance his wage equality agenda by focusing on wage transparency through Executive Order on Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information (“Executive Order”) and a Presidential Memorandum entitled “Advancing Pay Equality Through Compensation Data Collection” (“Presidential Memorandum”).… Continue Reading

DOL Proposes Change To Annual VETS Reports

The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment Training Service recently issued a proposed Rule that would change the current annual VETS-100 and VETS-100A reporting requirements. There are several significant changes proposed by the DOL which, in a change from other regulatory developments, would actually decrease work for covered employers.… Continue Reading

OFCCP To Send Out CSAL Letters As Early As Next Week

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) performs compliance audits reviewing numerous federal contractors' affirmative action plans and practices on a yearly basis. A number of organizations are reporting that the OFCCP will be sending out courtesy letters (known as corporate scheduling announcement letters, or "CSAL") notifying employers that they have been selected for such an audit as early as next week.… Continue Reading
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