New final rule updates sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors

June 14, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Federal contractors are getting a look at a new regulation aimed at preventing sex discrimination in employment, and while many contractors already are in line with its provisions, the new rule may create tension in some areas.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a final rule on June 14 replacing sex discrimination guidelines from 1970 with new regulations that align with current law.

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OFCCP issues checklist on disability employment requirements

August 17, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a checklist designed to help contractors analyze whether their affirmative action plans meet the government’s requirements for ensuring employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The checklist is designed to help federal contractors meet the requirements of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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Comment period on OFCCP’s proposed regulation on pay secrecy closing

December 09, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Emily L. Bristol

The comment period for a new rule prohibiting federal contractors from having pay secrecy policies will come to a close on December 16.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulation, “Government Contractors, Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions,” would prohibit contractors from taking action against applicants or employees because they were discussing, inquiring about, or disclosing their compensation or the compensation of another applicant or employee. The proposed regulation also includes:

  • Definitions for key terms such as “compensation,” “compensation information,” and “essential functions”;
  • An obligation to disseminate a new OFCCP-mandated nondiscrimination provision to employees and applicants; and
  • A defense for the discipline of an employee, such as an HR employee, who improperly discloses employee pay absent a separate legal obligation to disclose the information.

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OFCCP to issue proposed rule for federal contractors’ collection of comp data

August 06, 2014 1 COMMENTS

by Federal Employment Law Insider

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the issuance of the long-awaited proposed rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual Equal Pay Report on employee compensation to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register August 8, and all comments must be received within 90 days after the date of publication.

This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would amend the current regulations by adding a requirement that certain federal contractors and subcontractors supplement their EEO-1 Report with summary information on compensation paid to employees, as contained in the W-2 forms, by sex, race, ethnicity, and specified job categories as well as other relevant data points such as hours worked and the number of employees.

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OFCCP releases resources to help contractors comply with new regulations

March 24, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted information on its website to help federal contractors comply with the new regulations pertaining to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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New resources available on upcoming rules for federal contractors

February 24, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted new resources on its website to help federal contractors comply with new regulations pertaining to recruiting people with disabilities and veterans.

New regulations going into effect March 24 strengthen requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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New OFCCP final rules to take effect March 24

September 24, 2013 1 COMMENTS

by Tammy Binford

New rules requiring federal contractors to set benchmarks for hiring veterans and individuals with disabilities are set to take effect March 24, 2014. The new regulations strengthen requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The new regulations were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2013, and will go into effect in 180 days—March 24, 2014.

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New regulations toughen requirements for federal contractors

August 28, 2013 1 COMMENTS

Federal contractors soon will have to establish benchmarks for hiring veterans and employing individuals with disabilities as a result of two new rules from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

The new regulations are expected to be published in the Federal Register within the next couple of weeks, according to information from the OFCCP. The rules will go into effect 180 days after publication.

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OFCCP toughens rules on compensation audits

February 27, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by David S. Fortney and Judith E. Kramer

Effective February 28, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is changing its approach to compliance audits and enforcement proceedings related to how contractors pay their workers. The changes effectively open nearly every federal contractor’s actions, policies, and practices on compensation to scrutiny, review, and possible challenge.

On February 28, the OFCCP will formally rescind the “Voluntary Guidelines” and “Compensation Standards” issued in 2006. The agency has claimed those documents improperly limit its ability to conduct full investigations of compensation matters.

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OFCCP Reveals Glimpses of Enforcement Plans Targeting Federal Contractors

April 27, 2010 0 COMMENTS

Early Tuesday morning, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) resumed its ongoing series of agency Web chats with a brief session hosted by Patricia Shiu, the director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP enforces the civil rights of both federal contractor employees as well as applicants for federal contractor jobs. According to the OFCCP, approximately 22 percent of the American workforce is employed by federal contractors.

Director Shiu discussed the OFCCP’s regulatory priorities for the coming year, noting that strengthening construction regulations — particularly in the area of affirmative action requirements — will be the key item on the agency’s spring agenda. The agency specifically plans to update and amend the regulations that detail affirmative action program requirements for federal construction contractors. The agency will specifically look at rules dealing with recruitment, training, and apprenticeships.

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