As previewed in the Spring regulatory agenda, the Office of Federal Compliance Contract Programs (OFCCP) has proposed a new rule to clarify aspects of a religious exemption available to federal contractors. In the proposed rule, the agency said it intends to address concerns from religious organizations that ambiguity in the exemption left them

This is the third of our series of blog posts on the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) July 1 request for comments on OFCCP’s updated proposed scheduling letters.  For background, OFCCP first proposed changes to its existing compliance check, establishment review, and focused review scheduling letters in April, and received comments from

As July 15th draws closer, EEOC and NORC are ramping up for opening of the EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data reporting portal.

As part of these efforts, they are consistently providing new information on the reporting obligation.  Most recently, the reporting website has been updated to include assurances from NORC on data system security

In April, OFCCP proposed four new scheduling letters – one each for its establishment reviews, compliance checks, and separate but related letters for its focused reviews on Section 503 (disability) and VEVRAA (veteran) compliance. These proposed letters, if approved, would have significantly increased the burden of the submission required in the event of

As we previously reported, on July 2, EEOC updated the its newly created website with long-awaited materials regarding the obligation of employers with 100 or more employees to submit pay data and hours worked data as part of the annual EEO-1 reporting obligations.

We anticipated EEOC would not change much relative to the materials

On Friday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published notice it would begin reviewing the proposed changes to OFCCP’s Supply and Service scheduling letters, including the Section 503 and VEVRAA Focused Reviews and Compliance Check letters. OMB is seeking public comments until July 29, 2019 to aid in its review.  Under the Paperwork Reduction

In its most recent status update, filed with the court as ordered by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, EEOC is reporting it and NORC are on schedule to open the EEO-1 Component 2 pay data reporting tool on July 15, 2019.

The status report explained that a Computer-assisted Web Interview (CAWI) data collection instrument will be available on July 15, 2019. Importantly, the report noted that NORC is working on a data file upload function and validation process which is expected to be available as an additional data collection method no later than August 15, 2019.


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This week the Department of Labor announced its spring 2019 Regulatory Agenda.   Included was an new item from OFCCP that was part of its prior published regulatory agenda.  As OFCCP previously announced in 2018, its planned rule-making agenda for the near future includes rulemaking to address affirmative action obligations for TRICARE providers (slated for May 2019) and contractor’s use of religious exemptions (slated for June 2019).

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