Department of Labor Launches Resources to Combat Stereotyping

Last Updated on October 13th, 2020 On September 28th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a hotline in response to two Executive Orders. Under the direction of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a new email address was also issued. These communication methods are to receive and investigate complaints under existing […]

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Trump Issues Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

On September 23rd, 2020, the White House released Executive Order (EO) 13950. Signed the day prior, the EO (“Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping”) covers government contractors and certain grant recipients. The legislation limits diversity, inclusion, sexual harassment, and related equal employment opportunity (EEO) training that contractors provide to employees. This EO comes a little over […]

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EEOC Pay Data of No Use, Says Federal Contractor Watchdog Agency

In a notice published today in the Federal Register, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) deems the two years of pay data being collected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of no use because “it does not expect to find significant utility in the data.” The pay data collection was instituted in […]

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OFCCP to Audit for Equal Employment, Religious Freedom Protections

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today announced two new policy directives focused on ensuring equal employment opportunity and protecting Americans’ religious freedom. The equal employment opportunity directive calls for more comprehensive reviews of contractor compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws, and the religious freedom directive protects the rights of religion-exercising organizations. By law, federal contractors […]

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Federal Contractors to Be Audited for Affirmative Action Compliance

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) this month sent out 1,000 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (“CSAL”), informing the recipients that their companies would be audited for compliance with affirmative action rules. The letters are not formal audit announcements, but just a notification that the companies receiving them had been neutrally selected for auditing through the […]

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Proposed Merger of EEOC and OFCCP Dies a Quick Death in the Senate

The Trump administration’s plan to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) was abruptly rejected by the Senate Appropriations Committee on first blush. The Committee Report noted: The Committee rejects the budget’s proposal to begin plans to merge the OFCCP with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The […]

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Trump’s Budget Proposes Merger of EEOC and OFCCP

The  budget proposal just released by the White House envisions a merger of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP),  “creating one agency to combat employment discrimination.” The EEOC, a stand-alone agency, polices American businesses for discrimination at work, while the OFCCP, a division within the Department of […]

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After Nearly Quarter-Century, Discrimination Case Is Settled

The Department of Labor (DOL) has settled a case that arose from a 1993 compliance review of NationsBank, N.A., that found systematic hiring violations involving African-American applicants for entry-level jobs and led to more than two decades of litigation. NationsBank merged with the Bank of America, N.A. in 1998. The review by the department’s Office […]

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DOL Sues Technology Giant Oracle Over Pay, Hiring Discrimination

The Department of Labor (DOL) has filed suit against the Oracle Corp. of Redwood Shores, Calif., alleging the technology giant pays white males more than female or minority employees and also favors the hiring of Asians for certain positions. The lawsuit follows on the heels of a review of its equal employment opportunity practices that […]

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Federal Judges Blocks Provisions of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules

A day before they were to take effect, a U.S. District Judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction against the disclosure and arbitration agreement provisions of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules (Executive Order 13673) that took effect Tuesday, Oct. 25. The disclosure rule required any company applying for a federal contract to disclose […]

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