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EEO-1 Reporting Portal Now Open

In addition to filing annual VETS-4212 reports, federal contractors with 50 or more employees and $50,000 or more in contracts (and non-government contract employers with more than 100 employees) must file annual EEO-1 surveys.   The reporting portal for filing the EEO-1 reports opened today and will remain open until at least September 30. Employers need a login and … Continue Reading
August 26, 2015

Illinois Latest State to Institute Voluntary Veteran Hiring Preference

Adding to the line of other states, Illinois now joins the ranks of jurisdictions that allows for employers to establish a voluntary veteran hiring preference.   The Illinois state bill becomes effective January 1, 2016. The other 19 states that have previously passed similar laws include: Arkansas Arizona Florida Georgia Iowa Idaho Indiana Kentucky Maine Michigan Minnesota Montana … Continue Reading
August 25, 2015

OFCCP Publishes Self-ID Assistance for Protected Veterans

Adding to its growing list of available educational tools, OFCCP has published a new “InfoGraphic” to assist veterans determine whether they are covered under the Vietnam Era Veteran Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). Developed in response to requests from the veteran community, the Agency’s new tool does not provide any new information or modify any obligations but instead … Continue Reading
August 16, 2015

OFCCP Releases Informational Section 503 Compliance Checklist

As a continuation of its recent education and outreach efforts, OFCCP released a Checklist for Compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.   The checklist was developed by the U.S Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and covers obligations under Subpart C of the revised Section 503 regulations. The checklist is … Continue Reading
August 12, 2015

Another Request for Withdrawal of Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order Guidance

Shortly after the U.S. Department of Labor and Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council extended the public comment period for pending proposals implementing Executive Order 13673, a group of Senate Republicans requested the U.S. Department of Labor withdraw its proposed guidance. This is the second request made by Congressional leadership for withdrawal of the published guidance.  In late … Continue Reading
August 11, 2015

The New Tool in OFCCP’s Compensation Enforcement Toolbox: Compensation Manager Interviews

Compensation – it’s on everyone’s mind and it’s what everyone was talking about at the 33rd Annual ILG National Conference in New York City.  Conference attendees, government officials and practitioners alike were all talking about pay and the tools available to employers and agencies to identify and investigate compensation issues. Our Jackson Lewis colleague Scott M. Pechaitis has put together his thoughts … Continue Reading
August 6, 2015

Paid Sick Leave Requirement on Deck for Federal Contractors

As first reported in the New York Times today, the White House, in connection with the U.S. Department of Labor, is working on an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their workers.  While a copy of the order was not made available, the article detailed some of the elements of the … Continue Reading
August 5, 2015

UPDATE: Additional Extension for Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Public Comment Period

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today another extension of the public comment period for the proposed guidance and regulations implementing The Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673.  The deadline for submitting comments is now August 26, 2015.  This is the second extension for this public comment period. The notice does not specifically address whether … Continue Reading
August 4, 2015

Annual VETS-4212 Reporting Reporting Portal OPEN

It’s that time again to file your required VETS reports.  Under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1972 (VEVRAA), federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts of $100,000 or more are required to file reports annually with Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). This year contractors will be filing for the first time the new VETS 4212 form.  … Continue Reading
August 4, 2015

OFCCP Releases Voluntary Educational Poster

Today, OFCCP released a new outreach and education poster.    The poster, which the Agency explained was based on feedback received during “stakeholder” listening sessions, is not a mandatory posting but provided by the agency to “increase public awareness of OFCCP and its mission.”  The poster highlights obligations of companies doing business with the federal government, stating … Continue Reading
August 3, 2015