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Pay Transparency Obligations Are Now Effective

Happy New Year!  For the government contractor community, 2016 seems to be picking up right where 2015 left off  – with implementation of new compliance obligations. Eleven days into the new year and federal contractors are now subject to Executive Order 13665 – the Pay Transparency Executive Order.  While January 11, 2016 is officially the first day government contractors can … Continue Reading
January 10, 2016

Healthcare Providers Take Note: New Proposed Bill Would Limit OFCCP Jurisdiction

While its been quite some time since we’ve discussed the issue, it seems we have occasion again to revisit the age-old, yet unresolved, question of whether healthcare providers are covered by federal affirmative action laws and regulations.  The answer to that question has been an ongoing saga in Congress and the courts. The recent history of this topic can be found here … Continue Reading
December 17, 2015

OFCCP Publishes New FAQs on Veterans Infographic

In August 2015, OFCCP released an infographic designed to assist veterans understand whether or not they were covered under the protections of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) for affirmative action purposes.  The infographic spawned recent discussions surrounding the implications and interpretations of OFCCP’s definition of a protected veteran. Today, OFCCP published FAQs … Continue Reading
December 8, 2015

Giving Thanks to Our Nation’s Veterans

Today, as a country, we celebrate our nation’s veterans and recognize all they have done. We give our sincerest appreciation to all those who have sacrificed and given their service for our country. Over the past 18 months, employers who do business with the federal government have been working hard to do their part to … Continue Reading
November 11, 2015

OFCCP Sends Final Sex Discrimination Regulations to OMB for Consideration

In a year in which OFCCP has proposed and released more new and updated regulations than any other in recent memory, it looks as though they are on track to add new Sex Discrimination Regulations to the list. Late last week, OFCCP released to OMB (the Office of Management and Budget) the Agency’s draft “final” regulations prohibiting Discrimination … Continue Reading
November 1, 2015

New York Substantially Increases Employer Obligations Related To Fair Pay, Pay Transparency

Following the trend set by the Pay Transparency Executive Order 13665 and Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of the California Fair Pay Act, this week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) signed a series of bills aimed at significantly strengthening fair pay, “pay transparency” and other legal protections available in the workplace. The five new bills impact New … Continue Reading
October 22, 2015

California Employers Face Tough New Fair Pay Law

As the latest example of the heightened focus on addressing pay discrimination, on October 6, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed what many are calling the toughest equal pay law in the country – the California Fair Pay Act, an initiative designed to close the gender wage gap in the state. At the heart of the Act … Continue Reading
October 16, 2015

OFCCP Releases Disability Self-Id Public Service Video

As part of its ongoing effort to provide employers with tools to educate and inform employees and non-employees about affirmative action obligations, OFCCP has released a new disability self-identification public service-like video entitled Disability Inclusion Starts With You.  Coinciding with its recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Agency invites employers and community organizations to download … Continue Reading
October 14, 2015

OFCCP Announces Systemic Hiring Discrimination Settlements

This week OFCCP announced a pair of settlements in cases alleging systemic hiring discrimination.  The payment of back wages to, and commitment to hire allege victims, were part of the settlements in both cases.  In the most recent settlement, OFCCP alleged a contractor with $35 million in federal contracts denied jobs to 145 female applicants for … Continue Reading
October 14, 2015

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Executive Order 11246

During a week in which Washington D.C. experienced a historic visit from the Pope, those in the government contractor community had a celebration of their own – the 50th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 11246.  The celebrations kicked off on September 24, 2015 – the actual 50th anniversary – with a celebratory reception hosted by The … Continue Reading
September 27, 2015