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Is “Reverse Discrimination” Still A Thing?

A recent study in Australia sought to determine whether “de-identifying” applications – removing any information relating to race and gender – would eliminate the effects of implicit or unconscious bias and “help promote...more

Are You Ready For The New EEO-1 Report?

The beginning of July conjures many images for Americans – barbecues, picnics, fireworks. But for many employers, July also triggered preparation for the annual EEO-1 Report filing. Until this year, covered employers were...more

Gender Pay Gap Is Primarily A Result Of Personal Choices — So, What Can Employers Do?

A number of studies are showing that most, if not all, of the gender pay gap is explained by personal choices made by men and women. But how can employers protect themselves from claims of discrimination? The U.S. Bureau...more

Are Your Federal Contractor Employees Required To Have Privacy Training?

The Federal Acquisition Regulations were recently updated to include a requirement that certain federal contractors provide privacy training to some of their employees. The training obligation does not apply to all employees...more

Recent OFCCP settlements remind contractors about importance of recordkeeping

Within the past month, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has announced two settlements and filed one administrative complaint involving alleged discrimination in the hiring process. Southern Glazer’s...more

DOL’s New Online Tool May Result In More OFCCP Complaints

The U.S. Department of Labor recently rolled out www.worker.gov, an online tool designed to help employees file various types of complaints against their employers. The White House announced that the website will assist...more

11/16/2016  /  DOL , Federal Contractors , OFCCP , Wage and Hour

Labor and Employment Law in a Trump Administration

How will employers fare under a Trump Administration? We’ve asked for comment from the thought leaders and heads of the practice areas that are likely to be affected the most. Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance Will...more

Will President-Elect Trump Take Some Pressure Off Federal Contractors?

For the past eight years, as President Obama was unable to push much of his legislative agenda through Congress, federal contractors have faced an onslaught of increasing regulatory burdens and an aggressive enforcement...more

Finally Some Sanity For Federal Contractors! Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction On Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule

On the eve of the effective date, a federal judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction, stopping implementation of the majority of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule. As my colleague Jon Yarbrough recently reported,...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Requiring Paid Sick Leave For Some Federal Contractor Employees

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor published its Final Rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. President Obama issued the Executive Order on Labor Day 2015, and the...more

BREAKING: DOL Releases Final Rule On Paid Sick Leave For Employees Of Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on September 29, 2016 its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. We are reviewing the Final Rule and will publish an...more

Will “ban the box” backfire?

Ever since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions in 2012, many state and local jurisdictions have adopted...more

Will These Mandates Really Result In "Fairer Pay And Safer Workplaces," Or Will They Just Increase Administrative Burdens For...

Despite a litany of reasons to delay implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the U.S. Department of Labor have, respectively, issued their Final Rule...more

Final Rule and Guidance on Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Released

Today the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published its Final Rule and the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Final Guidance to implement President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The new...more

Is The OFCCP’s Take On The Internet Applicant Rule Outdated?

A recent Q & A from the “Workologist” column in the New York Times caught my eye. The correspondent was asking how to ensure that a résumé submitted online actually gets reviewed by the hiring company. That is a...more

Labor Complaints To Be Reported To Federal Database Of “Bad” Employers

To assist federal contractors in their compliance with the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order – which to date still has no final implementing regulations – the National Labor Relations Board has graciously offered...more

Norfolk Southern Unit Agrees To Pay OFCCP $492K For Alleged Race Bias In Hiring

Do you need a reason to monitor your hiring and keep good records? Here’s one. Alleging race discrimination in the hiring process, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has settled with a unit of Norfolk...more

OFCCP Issues Final Rule on Sex Discrimination

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its Final Rule on Discrimination on the Basis of Sex. The new regulations rescind the OFCCP’s prior Sex Discrimination Guidelines and give regulatory effect...more

Reminder: OFCCP Pay Transparency Rule Takes Effect Monday!

The OFCCP’s Final Rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees and applicants who ask about or discuss compensation goes into effect this Monday, January 11...more

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors set to Increase

President Obama's Executive Order requiring certain federal contractors and subcontractors to pay an increased hourly minimum wage includes a mandate that the Secretary of Labor determine increases to the wage rate on an...more

OFCCP Issues Regulations on "Pay Transparency"

Today the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13665, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees and applicants who ask about or...more

Obama Orders Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Some Federal Contractors

On Labor Day, President Obama signed another Executive Order aimed at federal contractors. This time, certain federal contractors will be required to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave annually to their employees....more

Affirmative Action Alert: Agencies issue proposals on "Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces" Executive Order

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the U.S. Department of Labor issued simultaneous proposals to implement President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The Executive Order, signed last July,...more

VEVRAA hiring benchmark drops again

As announced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the updated national percentage of veterans in the workforce is continuing to decline, now at 7 percent....more

OFCCP Proposes Updated Sex Discrimination Rules

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced a proposed rule to update the agency's sex discrimination regulations. The OFCCP's existing guidelines on sex discrimination were issued in 1970 and, admittedly, do...more

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