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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Federal Contractor Final Rule on Sex Discrimination Takes Effect Today

A final rule by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against individuals based on sex, including gender identity and sexual orientation, takes effect today, Aug. 15. The bar for businesses to qualify has been set fairly low: Any business holding a single federal contract, subcontract or federally assisted […]

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OFCCP Updates Sex Discrimination Guidelines

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a Final Rule updating its sex discrimination guidelines, which were last revised in 1970. The rule implements Executive Order 11246, which prohibits companies with federal contracts and subcontracts from discriminating in employment on the basis of sex. According to the rule: This rule substantially revises […]

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HIPAA Audits Resume

If this past December were any indication, then the HIPAA Privacy Rule audits commencing this year could snare covered entities and their business associates big time. At the end of 2015, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued some $5 million in fines for HIPAA violations to just three firms, one a small stand-alone pharmacy. […]

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