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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

Pay Transparency Final Rule Summary: Executive Order 13665 – Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions

On September 11, 2015, OFCCP published the Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13665 – Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions. The Final Rule will be effective for contracts or subcontracts over $10,000 entered into or modified after January 11, 2016. The “Pay Transparency” Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246 and the Equal Opportunity Clause … Continue Reading
September 18, 2015

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to Increase to $10.15 in 2016

On February 12, 2014 President Obama signed Executive Order 13658 establishing a minimum wage for federal contractors.  Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum hourly wage for workers performing work on covered contracts was $10.10.  The Executive Order gave the Secretary of Labor the authority to determine the hourly rate for subsequent years. With this authority, … Continue Reading
September 16, 2015

Update: EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extended Until October 30

The EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee has extended the deadline for filing this year’s EEO-1 Reports.  The new deadline to file reports is now October 30, 2015. This additional 30 days gives employers much needed time to adjust to and incorporate the new filing requirements. There has been no extension at this time of the VETS-4212 … Continue Reading
September 10, 2015

OFCCP Announces Pay Transparency Final Rule

OFCCP announced this morning the release of the anticipated final rule implementing Executive Order 13665, commonly referred to as the Pay Transparency Executive Order.  The Rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2015 and will take effect 120 days from publication –  January 11, 2016. The final rule applies to … Continue Reading
September 10, 2015

President Obama Signs Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave Executive Order

To follow up on our report last month, President Obama has signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to give their workers the ability to earn up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave each year.  The executive order will go into effect on January 1, 2017 and instructs the U.S. Secretary of Labor to … Continue Reading
September 8, 2015

Another EEO-1 Filing Rule Change

As we previously reported, the annual EEO-1 Reporting portal has opened and along with it some changes to the reporting requirements.  Probably the most impactful change is the new requirement that companies may no longer file more than one EEO-1 report for the same address if the North American Industrial Classification System Code (NAICS) is the same … Continue Reading
September 2, 2015

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Sets A New Standard for Determining Joint Employer

Last week in a divide opinion the National Labor Relations Board decided the case of Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., in which the Board announced a new standard for determining joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act.  The Board’s decision significantly broadens the definition of “employer” under the Act to include unrelated companies that might … Continue Reading
August 30, 2015

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