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President Biden Issues Executive Order Addressing Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

As part of the many Executive Orders signed his first day in office, President Biden formalized is administration’s commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community by signing an Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.  The Order states: Every person should be treated with... Continue Reading…
January 21, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: President Biden Overturns Trump-Era Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping

As one of his first actions as President, Joe Biden has issued an executive order overturning the much controversial Executive Order 13950: Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping.  In addition to additional actions aimed at promoting and ensuring equity, the new Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government expressly... Continue Reading…
January 20, 2021

Former EEOC Commissioner Jenny Yang Anticipated to Be Announced as OFCCP Director

As suspected, it appears imminent that former EEOC Commissioner will be named as Director of OFCCP under newly inaugurated President Joe Biden.  Ms. Yang’s name appears on the list of Department of Labor leadership as Director of OFCCP though no formal announcement has been made by OFCCP. We will bring additional details as they develop. Continue Reading…
January 20, 2021

OFCCP Issues Contractor “Certificates of Merit” and Publishes Section 503 Focused Reviews Annual Report

As we are preparing for a change in leadership at OFCCP,  the Agency has published its first Section 503 Focused Reviews Annual Report and issued Section 503 Certificates of Merit.  As many are aware, OFCCP Director Craig Leen is passionate about fighting for and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and, as such, has... Continue Reading…
January 19, 2021

EEOC Announces Scheduled Opening of EEO-1 Reporting Portal for April 2021

The the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that the collections for the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data that was postponed in 2020 will begin in April 2021. The noticed stated: The precise opening dates of the collections, as well as the new submission deadline dates, will be announced by posting... Continue Reading…
January 12, 2021

OFCCP Issues Opinion Letter Explaining Application of Executive Order 11246 Religious Exemption

Following on the heels of its final rule clarifying the religious exemption found at Section 204(3) of Executive Order (EO) 11246 and codified at 41 C.F.R. 60-1.5(a)(5) (the Exemption), OFCCP this week issued an Opinion Letter addressing the scope of the Exemption.   Specifically, the Opinion Letter provides insights on “six possible religious discrimination scenarios.” As... Continue Reading…
January 12, 2021

OFCCP Extends Comment Deadline for Annual AAP Certification Proposal

OFCCP has published a notice in the Federal Register extending the public comment period on its proposal to require federal contractors to submit an annual certification of their AAP compliance.  The new comment deadline is January 28, 2021.  While this notice does not state the reason for the extension, it appears the Agency received only... Continue Reading…
January 4, 2021

Court Order Stops Enforcement of President Trump’s Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping

Since it was issued in September 2020, Executive Order 13950 – Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping has been a source of controversy and criticism.  Speculation as to the fate of the Executive Order in the future Biden/Harris administration has accelerated in recent weeks with talks of rescission and legal challenges.  While we await the ultimate... Continue Reading…
December 23, 2020

Court Order Stops Enforcement of President Trump’s Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping

Since it was issued in September 2020, Executive Order 13950 – Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping has been a source of controversy and criticism.  Speculation as to the fate of the Executive Order in the future Biden/Harris administration has accelerated in recent weeks with talks of rescission and legal challenges.  While we await the ultimate... Continue Reading…
December 23, 2020

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Issues “INFO” Guidance on Promotional Opportunities and Job Postings

As anticipated, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) issued an Interpretive & Formal Opinion (INFO) – “Transparency in Pay and Opportunities for Promotion and Advancement”.  While the INFO is helpful in some respects, CDLE continues to take a hardline on the definition of “promotional opportunity”. We continue to digest the guidance but the...… Continue Reading
December 18, 2020

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