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Department of Labor to Recognize Employers Who Recruit, Employ Veterans

Coming out of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act), signed by President Trump on May 5, the U.S Department of Labor has created the HIRE Vets Medallion Program.  The program will award employers who “recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the … Continue Reading

New Pay Equity Advisor Blog Launched

As we continue to see issues of pay equity arise on a daily basis, Jackson Lewis is pleased to announce the launch of its Pay Equity Advisor blog.  The blog was created to provide updates and practical strategies to employers facing hot button issues surrounding compensation and pay equity as the call for pay transparency … Continue Reading

Update: Additional information on CSALs

As a follow up to our post yesterday, there is additional information available regarding OFCCP’s recent mailing out of courtesy scheduling announcement letters. After a hiatus for the past few years, OFCCP has officially confirmed it has once again sent out CSALs. dated February 17th.  Here are some additional details regarding this wave of notices: OFCCP is characterizing … Continue Reading

Disability Self-ID form approved for another 3 years

As some of you may have noticed, the current OMB approval for the required disability self-identification form expired January 31, 2017.  On the eve of its expiration, OMB approved the form for another three years – until  January 31, 2020. An updated version of the form (in multiple languages) can be found here.  According to OFCCP’s … Continue Reading

Federal Contractors Not the Only Ones with Disability Goals

Federal agencies soon will be required to engage in affirmative outreach for individuals with disabilities. The final rule issued by EEOC on December 30, 2016, will require federal agencies to take steps to increase the number of its employees that are individuals with disabilities beginning in January 2018. This is similar to the affirmative action obligations in … Continue Reading

Will OFCCP bring back Courtesy Scheduling Announcement Letters in 2017?

Happy New Year! As we ring in 2017 and prepare for affirmative action and OFCCP compliance in a Trump administration, many contractors are wondering whether 2017 will bring an OFCCP audit their way. Some may remember in years past around this time OFCCP would send out Courtesy Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSALs) providing advance notification to contractors of … Continue Reading

EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting – Will It Stay or Will It Go?

Predicting what any new presidential administration will or won’t do based on campaign statements is risky.  Nonetheless, we may glean some insights.  For instance, of the equal employment opportunity priorities mentioned during the campaign, the President-elect and his daughter, Ivanka, spent time talking about wage equality and childcare.  For example, on the news program, 60 Minutes, … Continue Reading

Complimentary Webinar: It Pays to Be Sick – Discussion of Executive Order 13706

The final regulations for Executive Order 13706 (“Paid Sick Leave for Workers on Federal Contracts”) were published September 30, 2016.  Under the Executive Order and final regulations, paid sick leave obligations will begin with new solicitations and contracts beginning January 1, 2017. Join my colleagues Patricia Pryor and Leslie Stout-Tabackman on October 20, 2016 for a … Continue Reading

Complimentary Webinar: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule

As we previously announced, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council have published the highly-anticipated final guidance and regulations implementing President Barack Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often called the “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” Executive Order. This rule will present significant challenges and have … Continue Reading

‘Tis the Season . . . for EEO-1 & VETS-4212 Reporting

It rolls around each year:  back to school, Labor Day, football season and the September 30th deadline for government reporting.  While next year may bring changes given the proposed  EEO-1 pay report, the filing obligations remained unchanged for this year. Extensions Of note, we suspect the deadlines may not be automatically extended this year as they … Continue Reading

Companies Feeling Pressure to Confirm they Pay Employees “Equally”

Increasingly, high-profile companies in the tech industry are feeling the pressure to publicly share employee pay information and address any existing “pay gaps.”  This has led to a number of recent press releases from Silicon Valley employers proclaiming “equal pay” within their organizations. Most recently, in connection with Equal Pay Day, Facebook, Inc. and Microsoft … Continue Reading

National Equal Pay Day 2016

April 12, 2016 is National Equal Pay Day – the date which symbolizes the additional days into the current year women must work, on average, to reach the average pay of men during the previous year. In the past year, the emphasis on fair pay has continued to grow. In fact, 2015 and the early … Continue Reading

Federal Contractors and Job Seekers: A Checklist Of Career Website Requirements

OFCCP’s Pay Transparency regulations recently went into effect and with it came new information dissemination obligations for contractors with respect to job seekers. OFCCP recently held a webinar in which they discussed these obligations. In addition, the agency recently updated its website to include a section specifically addressing employer obligations surrounding posting of the Pay … Continue Reading

OFCCP To Host Second Webinar re Pay Transparency Rule

In connection with the effective date of the new Pay Transparency regulations, OFCCP held a webinar on January 11, 2016, providing an overview of the requirements, discussing hypotheticals involving application of the rule and answering general questions about implementation of the rule. For those of you who missed the webinar or were unable to register … Continue Reading

OFCCP Publishes New FAQs on Veterans Infographic

In August 2015, OFCCP released an infographic designed to assist veterans understand whether or not they were covered under the protections of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) for affirmative action purposes.  The infographic spawned recent discussions surrounding the implications and interpretations of OFCCP’s definition of a protected veteran. Today, OFCCP published FAQs … Continue Reading

Giving Thanks to Our Nation’s Veterans

Today, as a country, we celebrate our nation’s veterans and recognize all they have done. We give our sincerest appreciation to all those who have sacrificed and given their service for our country. Over the past 18 months, employers who do business with the federal government have been working hard to do their part to … Continue Reading

OFCCP Releases Disability Self-Id Public Service Video

As part of its ongoing effort to provide employers with tools to educate and inform employees and non-employees about affirmative action obligations, OFCCP has released a new disability self-identification public service-like video entitled Disability Inclusion Starts With You.  Coinciding with its recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Agency invites employers and community organizations to download … Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces Systemic Hiring Discrimination Settlements

This week OFCCP announced a pair of settlements in cases alleging systemic hiring discrimination.  The payment of back wages to, and commitment to hire allege victims, were part of the settlements in both cases.  In the most recent settlement, OFCCP alleged a contractor with $35 million in federal contracts denied jobs to 145 female applicants for … Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Sets A New Standard for Determining Joint Employer

Last week in a divide opinion the National Labor Relations Board decided the case of Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., in which the Board announced a new standard for determining joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act.  The Board’s decision significantly broadens the definition of “employer” under the Act to include unrelated companies that might … Continue Reading

EEO-1 Reporting Portal Now Open: Changes Unveiled

In addition to filing annual VETS-4212 reports, federal contractors with 50 or more employees and $50,000 or more in contracts (and non-government contract employers with more than 100 employees) must file annual EEO-1 surveys.   The reporting portal for filing the EEO-1 reports opened today and will remain open until at least September 30. Employers need a login and … Continue Reading

OFCCP Publishes Self-ID Assistance for Protected Veterans

Adding to its growing list of available educational tools, OFCCP has published a new “InfoGraphic” to assist veterans determine whether they are covered under the Vietnam Era Veteran Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). Developed in response to requests from the veteran community, the Agency’s new tool does not provide any new information or modify any obligations but instead … Continue Reading

OFCCP Releases Informational Section 503 Compliance Checklist

As a continuation of its recent education and outreach efforts, OFCCP released a Checklist for Compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.   The checklist was developed by the U.S Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and covers obligations under Subpart C of the revised Section 503 regulations. The checklist is … Continue Reading
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