Strategic Enforcement Plan

The Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) is a strategy developed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which 1) establishes priorities for the EEOC and 2) integrates the EEOC's private and... more +
The Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) is a strategy developed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which 1) establishes priorities for the EEOC and 2) integrates the EEOC's private and public enforcement efforts. The purpose of the SEP is to focus the EEOC's resources to best address discriminatory practices in the workplace. less -
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CFPB issues new mortgage servicing guidance

On August 19, 2014, the CFPB issued a compliance bulletin and policy guidance updating and replacing its earlier guidance regarding mortgage servicing transfers. In replacing Bulletin 2013-01 (the “Original Guidance”),...more

The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal...more

Crazy Statistics: Protect Your Company From The 234 Million Dollar Beast with Discrimination and Harassment Training

Do you want to hear some CRAZY numbers? Of course you do, because just like me, you read about harassment and discrimination settlements for fun. (We are weird people, and probably need to take up a different hobby, but I...more

New IP Enforcement Policy in the EU

Given that strategic importance of IP-sensitive industries for the EU economy, the European Commission (Commission) has introduced a new initiative with a view to strengthen the protection of EU-based IP rights by working...more

FDIC Withdraws List of ‘Risky’ Businesses

In an unexpected move earlier this week, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter (FIL) announcing that it was withdrawing the list of “risky” merchant categories that was included in prior guidance on account...more

ICE Gets Graded By Homeland Security: What does this mean for employers?

In February, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (OIG) issued a final report (Report) “grading” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s operations. The Report found specific...more

OIG Plans to Fight Fraud, Waste, and Abuse While Promoting Quality, Safety, and Value in 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2014 on January 31, 2014. The Work Plan provides insight into the OIG’s priorities by providing...more

EEOC Issues Itself a Report Card for FY2013

On December 16, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its Performance Report for fiscal year 2013. The Report addresses the extent to which the EEOC has been able to achieve the goals it set in its 2013...more

EEOC Obtains Record Relief From Companies

On Monday, December 16, 2013, the EEOC announced that it had obtained $372.1 million in relief from private companies during the 2013 fiscal year, which is a record in monetary benefits collected through enforcement...more

SEC “Refocuses” On Accounting Fraud

It is almost a government rite of passage – when a new leader takes the reins, the chessboard has to be reorganized to reflect the new leader’s “new priorities.” When it comes to the SEC, and the new Chairwoman Mary Jo...more

Mary Jo White On Criteria For Seeking Admissions Of Wrongdoing And Enforcement Priorities

In a recent speech, SEC Chair Mary Jo White spoke to the types of cases where admissions of wrongdoing might be appropriate. According to Chair White, candidates potentially requiring admissions include...more

Comments by Director Cordray portend aggressive rulemaking

Comments made by Director Cordray in an interview with the Washington Post indicate that the CFPB will be taking an aggressive approach to rulemaking in the coming months....more

EEOC Sues Dart Energy and J&R Well Services for Race/National Origin Discrimination, Retaliation

Workers Fired for Protesting Hostile Environment, Federal Agency Charged - DENVER - A Michigan-based energy company and its Wyoming subsidiary violated federal law against race and national origin harassment and...more

Look Out Business Owners: 2013 EEOC – “Strategic Enforcement Plan”

On December 17, 2012, the EEOC handed down its Strategic Enforcement Plan for FY 2013 – 2016. The following areas were identified as focus points for enforcement...more

EEOC Sues Kmart for Disability Discrimination

Hyattsville Store Rejected Applicant Who Needed a Reasonable Accommodation For His Kidney Condition, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Kmart Corporation, a leading national retailer, violated federal law by refusing...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 3, September 2013: EEOC Loses (Again) On Criminal-Background Checks

Last year, we wrote about the EEOC’s then-new guidance on the use of criminal-background checks in hiring decisions. [“Using Conviction Records As A Screening Tool,” Retail Industry Update, June 2012]. In December 2012, the...more

D.C. Bar hosts presentation on CFPB enforcement priorities

The District of Columbia Bar recently hosted a presentation on CFPB enforcement priorities. The sole speaker was Mr. Hunter Wiggins, Deputy Enforcement Director of Policy and Strategy of the CFPB’s Supervision, Enforcement &...more

EEOC And Cooper University Health Care Reach Accord on Reasonable Accommodation Issues

CAMDEN, N.J. - The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced today that Cooper University Health Care has implemented policy changes that strengthen its processes for addressing reasonable accommodations for...more

Administration Issues Latest Road Map to Combat Trade Secret Theft

The Obama administration has issued a road map to combat intellectual property theft over the next three years. The “2013 Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Joint Strategic Plan” follows up on the more...more

EEOC Sues Kyklos Bearing International For Disability Discrimination

Company Fired Cancer Survivor Even Though She'd Been Cleared to Work, Federal Agency Charges - CLEVELAND - Kyklos Bearing International, LLC (KBI), an Ohio bearings manufacturer, violated federal law by firing an...more

DOL Extends Deadline For Providing Annual Comparative Chart Of Investment Alternatives In Participant-Directed Individual Account...

On July 22, 2013, the DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that provides the administrators of individual account retirement plans such as 40 (k) or 403(b) plans some additional flexibility regarding when they have to...more

Are Your Company's Policies on the EEOC's Enforcement Radar?

As part of its Strategic Plan, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for FY 2013-2016....more

Guilty Unless Proven Innocent: FHA’s Potential New Enforcement Regime

The use of statistical sampling to evidence compliance violations without actually performing loan level reviews is at the center of a new enforcement regime that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD” or...more

J.B. Hunt Agrees to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Case Regarding Criminal Conviction Records

Transportation Company Agrees to Maintain Revised Policy Consistent With Recent EEOC Policy Guidelines; Some 14,000 Employees Affected Nationwide - LOS ANGELES - J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., one of the largest...more

EEOC Sues Detroit Community Health Connection for Disability Discrimination

Medical Provider Refused Employee's Request for Leave Because of Arthritis And Fired Her Instead, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Detroit Community Health Connection, a medical services provider serving the Detroit...more

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