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EEOC to Seek Public Comment on Pay Data Collection

In its required status report, filed pursuant to Court Order, EEOC announced it is preparing a Notice of Information Collection – Employer Information Report (EEO-1) to seek authorization from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the collection of pay data going forward.  As a reminder, OMB approval for the data collection expires September 30,... Continue Reading…
September 9, 2019

OFCCP Releases FAQs for Campus-Type Environments

Avid readers have seen that OFCCP has been busy this summer.  In August alone, the Agency attended the 2019 ILG National Conference in Milwaukee, issued FAQs on student workers, proposed a new rule regarding religious exemptions, introduced a new Ombudsperson, opened a contractor assistance portal and issued multiple technical assistance guides.  But, OFCCP is not content merely... Continue Reading…
September 5, 2019

OFCCP Offers Section 503 Technical Assistance and Extends Deadline for Disability Inclusion Recognition Program

As the Agency is ramping up its enforcement efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities, OFCCP is offering another form of technical assistance to contractors.  On September 11, 2019 OFCCP will be hosting a Section 503 Focused Review webinar during with the agency will touch upon: the scheduling process, the focused review process, common problem... Continue Reading…
September 4, 2019

EEO-1 Pay Data Batch Upload Now Available and New FAQs Released

As scheduled, EEOC and NORC have now provided employers with a way batch upload their EEO-1 Component 2 pay data.  Instructions and details are provided on the More Info Page on the NORC EEO-1 Component 2 website.  Specifically, the following documents are currently available: Upload File Specifications Upload File Validation Process The file upload functionality... Continue Reading…
August 19, 2019

OFCCP Proposes New Rule to “Ensure Religious Employers are Protected”

As previewed in the Spring regulatory agenda, the Office of Federal Compliance Contract Programs (OFCCP) has proposed a new rule to clarify aspects of a religious exemption available to federal contractors. In the proposed rule, the agency said it intends to address concerns from religious organizations that ambiguity in the exemption left them reluctant to... Continue Reading…
August 16, 2019

OFCCP Introduces Ombudsman and Online Contractor Assistance Portal

Though we may be in the height of summer, there is no slowing down for OFCCP.  Following last week’s ILG National Conference, OFCCP has continued to release additional guidance and assistance for contractors.  Most recently, OFCCP has introduced its Ombudsperson and unveiled a Contractor Assistance Portal. Ombudsperson In September 2018, OFCCP first announced it would... Continue Reading…
August 9, 2019

OFCCP Releases New Technical Assistance Guides

Under the leadership of Craig Leen, OFCCP has made a renewed commitment to providing technical assistance to contractors.  True to their word, and in furtherance of its Town Hall Action Plan, OFCCP announced on Friday the release of a number of new technical assistance guides (TAGs), with more on the way.  Interestingly, Director Leen did... Continue Reading…
August 5, 2019

Closing Day of the 2019 ILG National Conference

Well, another ILG National Conference is in the books.  This year’s conference highlighted the continued return to a more collaborative relationship between contractors and OFCCP as well as the agency’s commitment to its four principles. On the final day of the conference, attendees heard from practitioners as well as a panel of OFCCP Regional Directors,... Continue Reading…
August 5, 2019

EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic Kicks Off Day 2 of the 2019 ILG National Conference

Day 2 of the 2019 ILG National Conference in Milwaukee started with a favorite guest – EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic.  Commissioner Lipnic last addressed the ILG National Conference in 2016, during which time, as she reminded attendees, she was likewise talking about pay data reporting, she had just created the Chief Data Officer role at... Continue Reading…
August 1, 2019

Opening Day of the 2019 ILG National Conference

The 2019 ILG National Conference being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has officially begun. OFCCP Director Craig Leen opened the conference with an energized keynote addressed that touched on the agency’s work on behalf of individuals with disabilities and veterans, as well as OFCCP’s continued action in furtherance of the four “bedrock” principles announced at last... Continue Reading…
August 1, 2019