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OFCCP Releases Annual Veteran Hiring Benchmark

OFCCP has updated the annual veteran benchmark for 2021.  The new benchmark is now set at 5.6%.  This is down 0.1% from last year’s mark of 5.7%.  The OFCCP relies on the annual national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force to set the benchmark. As a reminder, the benchmark is the percentage of... Continue Reading…
March 30, 2021

EEO-1 Portal to Open April 26, Deadline For Filing Will Be July 19, 2021

EEOC has finally announced the opening date for the collection of 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 data.  The portal is slated to open April 26 and employers will have until July 19, 2021 to file both years reports.  The agency has extended the duration of the time to file in recognition of the continuing differential impacts... Continue Reading…
March 29, 2021

With A New Secretary of Labor Confirmed, Is OFCCP Ready to Start Implementing More Changes?

On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Marty Walsh as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor under President Biden.  Secretary Walsh will, of course, also be newly-appointed OFCCP Director Jenny Yang’s new boss.  While we have anticipated a change in OFCCP direction under Director Yang, the changes, thus far, have been limited, perhaps because... Continue Reading…
March 22, 2021

EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Expected To Now Be July 2021

In an announcement (EEOCdata.org) that flew under the radar and has, yet, to appear on the EEO-1 reporting webpage, or EEOC’s home page, EEOC now says the filing deadline will be in sometime in July.  When in July?  EEOC had not said: The EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open at the end of April... Continue Reading…
March 15, 2021

Biden Administration Continues Actions Aimed at Addressing and Advancing Racial and Gender Equality

As a follow up to the Inauguration Day recession of former President Trump’s Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping Executive Order, the Biden Administration has issued a White House Diversity memo providing further direction on rolling back any remaining tenants of Executive Order 13950. The memo, dated March 2, 2021, was published by the Office of... Continue Reading…
March 9, 2021

Patchwork of Pay Transparency Laws Continues to Evolve

State legislatures continue to pass laws designed to enhance pay equity and transparency, with the laws of California and Colorado effective in 2021. The California law requires employee pay data reporting by race and gender, and the Colorado law requires robust pay and promotional transparency. California Under California’s pay data reporting law (SB 973), most... Continue Reading
March 5, 2021

Patchwork of Pay Transparency Laws Continues to Evolve

State legislatures continue to pass laws designed to enhance pay equity and transparency, with the laws of California and Colorado effective in 2021. The California law requires employee pay data reporting by race and gender, and the Colorado law requires robust pay and promotional transparency. California Under California’s pay data reporting law (SB 973), most...… Continue Reading
March 5, 2021

BREAKING NEWS – OFCCP Revises CSAL list to Remove All Establishments Scheduled for Focused Reviews and Compliance Checks

OFCCP has just announced it has revised its Supply and Service FY 2020 audit scheduling list by removing all establishments selected to receive focused reviews and compliance checks. An amended Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL)  and amended methodology  have been posted on the agency website. The evaluations that will proceed include establishment-based compliance reviews, CMCE... Continue Reading…
March 2, 2021

OFCCP to Close Contractor Assistance Portal

In an e-mail sent out to registered stakeholders OFCCP announced in an effort to “improve efficiency and better integrate compliance assistance efforts,” it is discontinuing the Agency’s Contractor Assistance Portal as of March 1, 2021. The notice emphasized OFCCP remains committed to quality compliance assistance and notes it will strengthen its efforts through improvements to... Continue Reading…
February 24, 2021

OFCCP Tagged for Pay Data Collection Role in Newly Proposed Paycheck Fairness Act

As yet another confirmation that pay equity will be a priority for the Biden-Harris administration, the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 7.  The proposed legislation has a long history but has never been given a vote in the Senate – it last passed in the House of Representatives in 2019....… Continue Reading
February 2, 2021

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