Tag Archives: LGBT

Trump Signs Religious Liberty Executive Order

During a ceremony in the Rose Garden, President Trump signed a much-anticipated “Religious Liberty” executive order.   The Executive Order states it is the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom. The relatively short Executive Order also recognizes that the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental … Continue Reading

Trump Administration Sending Mixed Signals about Support of LGBT of Rights

In addition to issues involving the environment, immigration, and national security, the Trump Administration has been in the headlines recently for its stance on matters impacting the LGBT community. As we reported in a late-January, after close deliberation with daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, President Trump expressed support for LGBT rights and vowed to leave intact … Continue Reading

OFCCP – Here to Stay or Not? Signs Indicate OFCCP Will Survive

With the transition to a new presidential administration well under way, everyone is looking for signs to help predict the future.  Given President Trump’s sweeping executive action, including entering an Executive Order requiring the identification of two regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation proposed, the question of whether the make-up of the federal agencies as we … Continue Reading

President Trump Preserves LGBT Executive Order

The New York Times reported this week President Trump will preserve intact President Obama’s LGBT order (Executive Order 13672) protecting applicants and employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  As published by the Times, a White House statement provides: President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights, just … Continue Reading

Not Done Yet: An Update on OFCCP’s Regulatory Agenda

With the release of the new veterans and individuals with disabilities regulations, as well as roll-out of the new scheduling letter and LGBT regulations, OFCCP accomplished a lot over the last year and it’s not done yet. The latter-half of 2015 and into 2016 looks to bring more regulatory changes. The following items remain on … Continue Reading

OFCCP Webinar Discusses Federal Contractor LGBT Obligations

This week OFCCP hosted Webinars on federal contractor obligations with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity under Executive Order 13672. During the training OFCCP reiterated the following requirements: Contractors are to use the updated EO Clause including sexual orientation and gender identity if the entire EO Clause is incorporated into covered purchase orders and … Continue Reading

OFCCP to Provide Training on LGBT Compliance

In connection with the April 8, 2015 effective date of OFCCP’s implementation of Executive Order 13672, OFCCP announced today training sessions on compliance with the new sexual orientation and gender identity regulations. The Agency will be presenting a webinar on Wednesday March 18, 2015 on the Agency’s implementation of the new sexual orientation and gender identity … Continue Reading

OFCCP Provides LGBT Resources for Contractors

In response to requests following publication of the final regulations implementing President Obama’s recent Executive Order addressing non-discrimination and affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, OFCCP has published a directory of resources to assist federal contractors  “around issues relating to creating an inclusive workplace of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender … Continue Reading

The Final LGBT Regulations: Understanding What OFCCP has, and has Not, Done

As we previously reported, OFCCP published the Executive Order 13672 Final Regulations regarding sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination on December 9, 2014 without the public notice and comment period typically required by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), such as with the veteran and Section 503 regulations. Since then some confusion has arisen as to … Continue Reading

Final LGBT Rule Released

As we alerted you to earlier today, OFCCP has issued its final rule implementing Executive Order 13672, providing non-discrimination protection for individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. There was early speculation that this rule might involve soliciting of LGBT status from applicants or employees as well as a requirement for some … Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces Final LGBT Rule

As scheduled, OFCCP has announced issuance of its final rules implementing the President’s recent Executive Order prohibiting discrimination for on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As we previously mentioned, OFCCP is releasing the final rule without a public comment period. The final rules are not yet available for public review.   However, OFCCP has … Continue Reading

OFCCP to Soon Issue Final LGBT Rules

According to the DOL’s semi-annual regulatory agenda, OFCCP intends to issue as early as December, final rules implementing Executive Order 13672, providing non-discrimination protection to individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Our understanding is that OFCCP does not intend to publish the regulations in the federal register for public notice and comment … Continue Reading

It’s hard to be a government contractor, and it’s about to get harder . . .

So come join us at The OFCCP Institute Fall Symposium in Chicago on October 1st & 2nd.   We will do a deep dive into the many new obligations emerging from President Obama’s recent series of executive orders. We also will examine and explain the OFCCP’s latest enforcement trends. As you know (if you’ve been … Continue Reading

OFCCP Releases New Directive on Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination

As Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez recently announced, OFCCP has updated its guidance to “make clear that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is discrimination based on sex” under Title VII and existing case law.  By e-mail Director Patricia Shiu announced the release of Directive 2014-02, the purpose of which is to “clarify that … Continue Reading

OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu Addresses ILG National Conference

Rounding out the festivities in Washington, D.C., OFCCP Director Pat Shiu addressed attendees on the closing morning of the 32nd Annual ILG National conference.  Keeping to the conference theme of “Learning from the Legacy, Focusing on the Future,” Director Shiu’s remarks centered around the “unfinished business of America” to address issues of pay, sexual orientation … Continue Reading

A (Running) List of Presidential Actions Affecting Federal Contractors

It’s been a busy spring and early summer for the President and federal contractors with several new Executive Orders and a Presidential Memorandum on the issues of employee pay as well as sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.  For those of you trying to keep up with it all, below is an up-to-date summary of the … Continue Reading

Breaking News: President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning Employment Discrimination by Government Contractors on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

The President today signed a much anticipated Executive Order prohibiting workplace discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Here is a link to the executive order. Of particular note, the executive order does not contain a religious exemption.  That topic has been one of intense negotiation between the … Continue Reading

Secretary Perez Blogs about Forthcoming Transgender Guidance

As we reported recently, President Obama intends to issue an Executive Order prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by federal contractors.  Also in support of LGBT Pride Month, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez recently blogged that the DOL is “updating enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination guidance to clarify that [the DOL] provides the full protection … Continue Reading

President Obama to Issue Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination

President Obama will soon issue yet another federal contractor Executive Order, this time prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by federal contractors.  We do not have details of the proposed executive order yet, but the announcement comes on the heels of the President’s recent delcaration of June 2014 as LGBT Pride Month. As with other, recent Executive Orders, … Continue Reading