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Breaking News: On-Site Federal Contractor Employees Not Fully Vaccinated May be Subject to Mask and COVID Screening Requirements

In an effort to slow the spread of the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus, President Biden announced (in a July 29, 2021 White House Fact Sheet, as well as at a press conference) that on-site federal contractor employees will be asked about their vaccination status and if not fully vaccinated, be required to wear... Continue Reading…
July 29, 2021

Proposed Regulations Implementing $15 Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Issued

As covered in our last blog post on this topic, President Biden issued Executive Order 14026  on April 27, 2021 raising to $15 per hour the minimum wage certain federal contractors must pay workers performing work “on or in connection with” a covered federal contract or subcontract.  According to the Executive Order, the Department of... Continue Reading…
July 21, 2021

With A New Secretary of Labor Confirmed, Is OFCCP Ready to Start Implementing More Changes?

On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Marty Walsh as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor under President Biden.  Secretary Walsh will, of course, also be newly-appointed OFCCP Director Jenny Yang’s new boss.  While we have anticipated a change in OFCCP direction under Director Yang, the changes, thus far, have been limited, perhaps because... Continue Reading…
March 22, 2021

EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Expected To Now Be July 2021

In an announcement (EEOCdata.org) that flew under the radar and has, yet, to appear on the EEO-1 reporting webpage, or EEOC’s home page, EEOC now says the filing deadline will be in sometime in July.  When in July?  EEOC had not said: The EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open at the end of April... Continue Reading…
March 15, 2021

OFCCP Tagged for Pay Data Collection Role in Newly Proposed Paycheck Fairness Act

As yet another confirmation that pay equity will be a priority for the Biden-Harris administration, the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 7.  The proposed legislation has a long history but has never been given a vote in the Senate – it last passed in the House of Representatives in 2019....… Continue Reading
February 2, 2021

OFCCP Tagged for Pay Data Collection Role in Newly Proposed Paycheck Fairness Act

As yet another confirmation that pay equity will be a priority for the Biden-Harris administration, the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 7.  The proposed legislation has a long history but has never been given a vote in the Senate – it last passed in the... Continue Reading…
February 2, 2021

OFCCP Issues Contractor “Certificates of Merit” and Publishes Section 503 Focused Reviews Annual Report

As we are preparing for a change in leadership at OFCCP,  the Agency has published its first Section 503 Focused Reviews Annual Report and issued Section 503 Certificates of Merit.  As many are aware, OFCCP Director Craig Leen is passionate about fighting for and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and, as such, has... Continue Reading…
January 19, 2021

OFCCP Issues Opinion Letter Explaining Application of Executive Order 11246 Religious Exemption

Following on the heels of its final rule clarifying the religious exemption found at Section 204(3) of Executive Order (EO) 11246 and codified at 41 C.F.R. 60-1.5(a)(5) (the Exemption), OFCCP this week issued an Opinion Letter addressing the scope of the Exemption.   Specifically, the Opinion Letter provides insights on “six possible religious discrimination scenarios.” As... Continue Reading…
January 12, 2021

OFCCP Extends Comment Deadline for Annual AAP Certification Proposal

OFCCP has published a notice in the Federal Register extending the public comment period on its proposal to require federal contractors to submit an annual certification of their AAP compliance.  The new comment deadline is January 28, 2021.  While this notice does not state the reason for the extension, it appears the Agency received only... Continue Reading…
January 4, 2021

Court Order Stops Enforcement of President Trump’s Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping

Since it was issued in September 2020, Executive Order 13950 – Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping has been a source of controversy and criticism.  Speculation as to the fate of the Executive Order in the future Biden/Harris administration has accelerated in recent weeks with talks of rescission and legal challenges.  While we await the ultimate... Continue Reading…
December 23, 2020

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