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What Will Happen When the Smoke Clears? Post-Election HR Strategies for 2017 and Beyond

The long and contentious presidential campaign is over. So, now what? What does President-elect Trump’s victory mean for employers?...more

Peering into Hinshaw’s Crystal Ball: How the Trump Administration May Affect Labor and Employment Landscape

With the election of Donald Trump and transition to a Republican administration looming, employers are scrambling to predict what impact Trump will have on labor and employment policy and enforcement initiatives. What...more

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Employers? (Updated 11/22/16)

It's still two months until President-elect Trump takes office so it will be late January before we know whether Mr. Trump will pursue a traditional Republican agenda on employment issues. While Mr. Trump certainly carries a...more

A Word of Warning When it Comes to Contracting With the Federal Government: Beware

Employers who regularly contract with the federal government are, most likely, already well aware that doing so can be both difficult and complex. This is particularly the case this time of year, when many are undergoing...more

[Webinar] 2016 OFCCP Developments: What Federal Contractors Need to Know for 2017 - November 16th, 1:00p.m. EST

OFCCP continued with its regulatory reform agenda in 2016 issuing the anticipated Paid Sick Leave and Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (Blacklisting) final rules, and implementing the sex discrimination guidelines and pay...more

Tech Company Sued For Alleged Hiring Bias Against Asians, OFCCP’s Shiu To Step Down

Being part of the “in” crowd with the FBI apparently does not protect you from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. To the contrary: It was an FBI contract that subjected a California-based technology...more

OFCCP expands Mega Construction Project Program

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in construction and extraction occupations will grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024 – increasing from 6.5 million to 7.2 million jobs – the biggest increase in any...more

GAO Releases Detailed Report Criticizing The OFCCP

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released a report critical of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and making suggestions for improvement.  The report followed the GAO’s...more

Criticism Of OFCCP Won’t Give Contractors Any Satisfaction

According to a study recently published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, there are indications that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is not effective in stopping discrimination. But before...more

Contractor Settles With OFCCP For More Than $250K

As a result of a compliance review that began in 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs alleged that a federal contractor in the District of Columbia discriminated against African-American applicants who...more

Federal subcontractors, beware! The OFCCP is watching you, too.

A recent complaint filed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs illustrates that it’s not only federal contractors who need to be sure they comply with affirmative action requirements, but also those who...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dissolution Of Class Action Consent Decree Due To Plaintiffs’ Inaction

Seyfarth Synopsis: After the City of Jacksonville stopped following a class action consent decree that required it to hire a proportionate number of black and white firefighters, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh...more

EEO-1 Reports: Time for Employers to Get in Formation

This is the time of year when employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors with 50 or more employees must prepare and file their annual EEO-1 reports – documents that provide the government with details...more

OFCCP Takes Contractors Back To School On Pre-Employment Testing

Federal contractors, be warned: If you have not properly reviewed (and validated!) any testing used as part of your hiring process, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs may take issue . . . and seek to collect...more

More Mythbusting

Here at the Navigator, we were very pleased by the positive reaction to last month’s post about employment law myths that can get employers in trouble, and we’re glad it was helpful. Although the inaccurate beliefs described...more

Wanna Fight? Illinois District Court Refuses To Grant Summary Judgment To Lender On Bad Boy Provision In Guarantee Agreement

In the case of Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v. RLJ Lodging Trust, an Illinois district court denied a lender’s motion for summary judgment seeking to enforce a bad boy carve-out provision in a guaranty agreement providing for full...more

EEO-1 Survey for 2016 Now Open

Private Sector Employers Must Provide Workforce Data to EEOC by Sept. 30 - WASHINGTON -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has completed its mailing of the 2016 EEO-1 Survey notification letters. The...more

Natasha Baker Breaks Down Fisher II on Law360

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Case No. 14–981)(Fisher II), ending nearly eight years of litigation involving UT’s use of race as a factor...more

Lessons From Fisher V. University Of Texas

By now, nearly everyone in higher education knows that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas's race-conscious admissions policy, turning back an effort to derail affirmative action. But the Court's ruling in...more

What Employers With Affirmative Action Policies Need to Know About a Recent Supreme Court Decision

Many employers who have read about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent affirmative action decision are wondering what impact, if any, the ruling will have on them. After all, the main issue in that case was the propriety of a...more

Unexpected Affirmative Action News: The U.S. Supreme Court Affirms that Universities and Colleges May Continue to Use Race as a...

On June 23, 2016, in Fisher v. University of Texas et al., (“Fisher II”), the United States Supreme Court voted 4-3 to uphold the limited use of race in college and university admissions. The result was somewhat surprising...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2015 - 2016 Term

Last week, the Supreme Court ended its 2015-2016 session under a cloud of uncertainty. On February 22, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the stalwart of the Court’s conservative wing for 30 years, passed away. Justice Scalia’s...more

Supreme Court Upholds University Affirmative Action Admissions Policy

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court held for the second time that race may be taken into account when public universities and colleges admit students. In a 4-3 decision (Justice Kagan recused herself based on her prior...more

OMB Renews OFCCP’s Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing Until 2019

On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) renewed the Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing for three...more

Supreme Court Upholds University of Texas Race-Conscious Admissions Program

In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court recently furnished a victory for affirmative action admissions programs. The 4-3 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, written by Justice Kennedy, declared that the...more

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