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Companies Feeling Pressure to Confirm they Pay Employees “Equally”

Increasingly, high-profile companies in the tech industry are feeling the pressure to publicly share employee pay information and address any existing “pay gaps.”  This has led to a number of recent press releases from Silicon Valley employers proclaiming “equal pay” within their organizations. Most recently, in connection with Equal Pay Day, Facebook, Inc. and Microsoft … Continue Reading
May 23, 2016

Department of Labor Regulatory Agenda Update

The Department of Labor has released its Spring 2016 regulatory agenda.  While the agency has accomplished many things already this year there are still a couple of items it would like to check off its list, including the following: Discrimination on the Basis of Sex – final rule slated for this month.  OFCCP initially projected December 2015 for … Continue Reading
May 19, 2016

Final Revised Overtime Rule Released by Department of Labor

The U.S Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has finalized its much anticipated revisions to the rules governing overtime compensation. The revisions, in part, increase the income level of those who are exempt from overtime pay to $47,476, almost doubling the prior threshold, allowing a greater number of employees to qualify for overtime pay. According … Continue Reading
May 17, 2016

Webinar on New FAAP Directive Announced

In connection with the release of its updated FAAP Directive, Directive 2013-01, OFCCP will host a complimentary webinar on May 19, 2016 discussing Functional Affirmative Action Programs. Information about registering for the webinar is available on OFCCP’s website.… Continue Reading
May 12, 2016

OFCCP Publishes Finalized Updated FAAP Directive

OFCCP has received approval from OMB for revisions to the Agency’s Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) directive.  The revised Directive 305 went into effect on April 28, 2016.  In response to public comments received, OFCCP made modifications to its proposed revised directive, as reflected in the supporting statement filed with OMB. OFCCP last updated its FAAP … Continue Reading
May 10, 2016

Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Proposed Regulations Sent to OMB

We’ve learned the Office of Management and Budget has received for consideration the proposed regulations and guidance implementing the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order.  This is the next step in the regulatory review process and indicates the regulations and guidance are one step closer to finalization.  To be clear, the documents need OMB … Continue Reading
May 4, 2016

National Equal Pay Day 2016

April 12, 2016 is National Equal Pay Day – the date which symbolizes the additional days into the current year women must work, on average, to reach the average pay of men during the previous year. In the past year, the emphasis on fair pay has continued to grow. In fact, 2015 and the early … Continue Reading
April 12, 2016

Comments Submitted on EEO-1 Pay Data Proposal

As part of the vibrant dialogue currently underway surrounding the EEOC’s proposal for modification of the annual EEO-1 Report to include information on pay, Jackson Lewis submitted feedback for the Agency’s consideration. During the public comment period, which closed April 1, 2016, Matt Camardella, Stephanie Lewis, Jennifer Seda and Stacey Bastone prepared and submitted a … Continue Reading
April 6, 2016

Additional Extension of Paid Sick Leave Comment Period

The Department of Labor has again extended the public comment period for Executive Order 13706.  Public comments are now due April 25, 2016.  This is the second extension of the public comment period. Pursuant to President’s Obama Order, the Agency has until September 30, 2016 to implement a final rule.… Continue Reading
April 5, 2016

Wyoming Governor Signs Veteran Preference Law

Veterans are continuing to receive support in their quest for employment with Wyoming being the latest state to join the ranks of those permitting a preference to be granted based on veteran status, including spouses of disabled or deceased veterans.  The law will go into effect July 1, 2016. Governor Matt Mead’s signing of the new law coincides … Continue Reading
March 24, 2016