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U.S. Department of Labor and FAR Council Publish Proposed Guidance and Rules Implementing “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

As we previously reported, the U.S. Department of Labor has published proposed guidance (“DOL Guidance”) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council has published proposed regulations (“FAR Proposed Rule”) implementing President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often called the “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” executive order.  The Order requires government contractors and … Continue reading U.S. Department of Labor and FAR Council Publish Proposed Guidance and Rules Implementing “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order
May 31, 2015

Breaking News: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Proposed Rule and Guidance Released

The Department of Labor has released proposed guidance to assist with implementation of Executive Order 13673 – Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.  The proposed guidance is expected to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow which will start a 60-day public comment period. The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has likewise released proposed regulations implementing the Executive Order, … Continue reading Breaking News: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Proposed Rule and Guidance Released
May 27, 2015

Additional States Add Veteran Hiring Preference

As an update to our recent post on the growing trend of veteran hiring preferences, Indiana and Georgia are now on the list of states with voluntary veteran preference programs.  The addition of these two states increases the number of states with veteran preference to 19. Stay tuned for further updates.  
May 21, 2015

Decision Issued on Obligation to Post Executive Order 13496 Notice of Labor Rights

In an update to our post more than a year ago about the National Association of Manufactures’ legal challenge to the posting requirements under Executive Order 13496, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. has rejected NAM’s constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama’s 2010 Executive Order requiring certain federal contractors to post a “Notification of Employee Rights under Federal Labor Laws.” … Continue reading Decision Issued on Obligation to Post Executive Order 13496 Notice of Labor Rights
May 14, 2015

National Veteran Hiring Benchmark Reduced to 7 Percent

Utilizing 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) year-end data, OFCCP has revised the VEVRAA hiring benchmark to 7 percent – down from the current 7.2% mark. Pursuant to the revised veteran regulations, covered contractors and subcontracts must either adopt the national benchmark, or set their own using the proscribed five-factor method, for each establishment. While … Continue reading National Veteran Hiring Benchmark Reduced to 7 Percent
April 21, 2015

National Equal Pay Day

April 14, 2015 has been identified as National Equal Pay Day – the day which symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. President Obama has made fighting pay discrimination a top priority of his Civil Rights Agenda. He has recently taken several executive actions … Continue reading National Equal Pay Day
April 14, 2015

OFCCP Offers More Training on LGBT Nondiscrimination

As a follow up to last week’s training on implementation of the new sexual orientation and gender identity non discrimination regulations, OFCCP will be holding an upcoming webinar to discuss how the Agency will be processing complaints under Executive Order 13672. The public webinar will be held on April 8, 2015 ,and again April 9, 2015 , … Continue reading OFCCP Offers More Training on LGBT Nondiscrimination
April 1, 2015

OFCCP Extends the Comment Period for its Sex Discrimination NPRM

In light of this week’s Supreme Court decision in Young v. United Parcel Service addressing the issue of accommodations and pregnancy discrimination, OFCCP has extended the public comment period for the Agency’s Sex Discrimination Regulation Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  The public comment period now closes April 14, 2015. By extending the comment period by two … Continue reading OFCCP Extends the Comment Period for its Sex Discrimination NPRM
March 27, 2015

OFCCP Webinar Discusses Federal Contractor LGBT Obligations

This week OFCCP hosted Webinars on federal contractor obligations with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity under Executive Order 13672. During the training OFCCP reiterated the following requirements: Contractors are to use the updated EO Clause including sexual orientation and gender identity if the entire EO Clause is incorporated into covered purchase orders and … Continue reading OFCCP Webinar Discusses Federal Contractor LGBT Obligations
March 26, 2015

UPDATE: OFCCP Changes Date for Training on LGBT Compliance

OFCCP announced today a date change for its upcoming sexual orientation and gender identity compliance training. The webinar previously scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 will now be held Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern.  The same Webinar will be presented again on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. If you have already registered for the March … Continue reading UPDATE: OFCCP Changes Date for Training on LGBT Compliance
March 17, 2015

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