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Pros And Cons Of The Proposed EEOC-OFCCP Merger

President Donald Trump has proposed to merge two of the primary government agencies focused on equal employment in the workplace – the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more

Rumored Merger of OFCCP into EEOC Bolstered by Proposed Budget

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a move that could affect all employers, and significantly change the handling of discrimination charges and federal contractors’ affirmative action requirements, the Trump administration’s draft budget proposes a merger...more

Honor Our Veterans By Recruiting And Hiring More Of Them

Memorial Day is upon us. While the idea of a three-day weekend, cookout, and pool party can be distracting, I encourage everyone to stop and remember those who have lost their lives in the service of our country. It’s also a...more

Is a Merger Of OFCCP And EEOC On The Horizon?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In February 2017, we speculated whether the Trump Administration would eliminate the OFCCP as a possible cost-cutting measure. The discussion has continued since that time, and has, in the past weeks gathered more...more

Here’s More On That Google-OFCCP Donnybrook*

*Donnybrook: Named for the Donnybrook Fair near Dublin, “a notoriously disorderly event, held annually from 1204 until the middle of the 19th century.” Meaning a “free-for-all; brawl; a usually public quarrel or...more

Trumpdate: NLRB Finalists, EEOC To Swallow Up OFCCP?

NLRB candidates being vetted. Bloomberg BNA reported last night that President Trump has settled on two candidates to fill the two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board. One is William Emanuel, a shareholder in...more

Department Of Labor To Recognize Employers Who Recruit, Employer Veterans

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Coming out of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act), signed by President Trump on May 5, the U.S Department of Labor has created the HIRE Vets Medallion Program. ...more

100-Day Recap: Workplace Law Under President Trump, So Far

by Fisher Phillips on

New presidents are often judged based on their accomplishments in their first 100 days in office. President Trump is no exception to that rule. The Trump administration recently passed that milestone date, offering an...more

OFCCP Versus Google: The Battle Continues.

I posted in January about a lawsuit filed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs against Google, seeking to force Google to provide detailed information about its equal employment practices and affirmative...more

Protected Class Status Information: Think Before You Ask

by Zelle LLP on

An April 25th article in Fortune magazine caught our attention this week. Its title is “Goldman Sachs Wants to Know if You Are Gay” and it discusses Goldman’s efforts to measure its success in hiring LGBT applicants. Chief...more

OFCCP Secures $1.7 Million Settlement In Failure-To-Hire Case

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Palantir Technologies, a California-based technology company, have agreed to settle a pending lawsuit for about $1.7 million. We first reported on this case in...more

Does Your Company Need an Affirmative Action Plan?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Executive Order (EO) 11246 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or national...more

OFCCP Announces New Veteran Hiring Benchmark

The OFCCP has announced its 2017 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark. The new benchmark is 6.7%, slightly lower than the previous year’s 6.9% benchmark...more

Hiring Benchmark For Protected Veterans Is Reduced Again

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that the annual hiring benchmark under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act has been lowered from 6.9 percent to 6.7 percent. This percentage...more

ALJ Rules that OFCCP Exceeded its Authority in Demanding Certain Employee Compensation Data from Google

by FordHarrison on

In January, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Google for denying access to records in violation of applicable federal affirmative action laws and implementing regulations. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)...more

It’s OFCCP Audit Time! Six Questions Contractors Should Ask Themselves

Starting February 17, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs began mailing Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters to approximately 800 contractor establishments. CSALs are notices sent to contractors advising...more

New OIG Exclusion Regulations About to Go into Effect

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published a final rule regarding its exclusion authorities. The final rule goes into effect March 21, 2017, and expands OIG’s authority to exclude certain individuals and...more

Federal Contractors Notified of Affirmative Action, EEO Compliance Reviews

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP)—the Department of Labor agency charged with enforcing affirmative action and equal employment opportunity requirements imposed on certain federal contractors and...more

Labor and Employment Regulations Potentially Affected by Trump Regulatory Freeze

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review" (Freeze Memo) instructs the heads of federal executive departments and agencies to send no regulation to the Office of Federal Register (OFR) until a presidential...more

Incoming! Incoming! OFCCP Issues Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters

On February 17, 2017, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) mailed Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSAL) to federal contractors and subcontractors. The purpose of these letters is to give...more

"Trump Expected to Alter Labor Laws, Policies"

Editor’s note: This article was updated on February 1, 2017, to reflect new developments. While President Donald Trump has not discussed in detail how he plans to address labor and employment issues, he likely will...more

Immediate Update for Affirmative Action Compliance: New Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form for Federal Contractors...

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Yesterday, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a new voluntary self-identification form (Self-ID form) to be used by covered federal contractors to comply with Section 503 of the...more

Renewed OFCCP Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form Now Available

Yesterday, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that the Office of Management and Budget renewed the voluntary self-identification form for individuals with disabilities for an additional three...more

OFCCP Sues Google For Comp, Employee Data

Every year, typically in the fall, federal contractors across the nation receive scheduling letters from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs informing them that they have been selected for compliance reviews....more

EEOC Rule on Affirmative Action for Individuals With Disabilities in Federal Employment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: These new regulations require federal agencies to be “model employers” of individuals with disabilities. As such, they now must take specific steps that are “reasonably designed” to gradually increase the...more

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