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New Interim Rule Prohibits Federal Contractors From Retaliating Against Employees Who Discuss Compensation With Colleagues

On September 30, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued an interim rule titled “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information.” The interim rule implements Executive Order 13665 (the “Order”).  The Order, which President Obama signed on April 8, 2014, prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against employees who … Continue Reading

GAO Releases Detailed Report Criticizing The OFCCP

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released a report critical of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and making suggestions for improvement.  The report followed the GAO’s investigation into the OFCCP’s practices, including conducting interviews with 27 industry groups and 24 government contractors.… Continue Reading

Proskauer Attends And Presents At The Industry Liaison Group’s National Conference

From August 3-5, the Industry Liaison Group, a community of government contractors and members of the government contractor community, held its National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event featured various speakers on a multitude of topics, including pay equity and achieving equality in the workplace. Proskauer attorneys Connie Bertram, Guy Brenner, and Alex Weinstein … Continue Reading

New Sex Discrimination Guidelines Take Effect August 15, 2016

We have previously written about the updated sex discrimination guidelines recently published by OFCCP. Among other mandates, the guidelines require federal government contractors to provide paternity leave on an equal basis to maternity leave.  The guidelines also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sex-based stereotypes, such as whether an individual dresses in conformity with … Continue Reading

NLRB Takes Steps To Facilitate Sharing Of Federal Contractor Labor Law Violations In Anticipation Of The Final Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces (a.k.a “Blacklisting”) Rules

In a July 1, 2016 memorandum (OM 16-23), the Office of the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced that it was beginning to take steps to comply with the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”) – the regulations for which have not yet been finalized.  The Order imposes … Continue Reading

OFCCP Renews Compliance Investigation Scheduling Letter

On July 1, 2016, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that it had renewed its Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing for use during compliance investigations.  The renewal lasts for three years.  In announcing the renewal, the OFCCP noted that it made certain “clarifying edits,” designed to “ensure contractors understand the information being … Continue Reading

OFCCP Settles Sex Discrimination Claims With Mental Health Provider

The Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) recently settled a case involving allegations of gender discrimination with federal contractor, Integris Mental Health (“Integris”).  As part of the settlement, OFCCP and Integris entered into a conciliation agreement, governing the terms of the settlement. OFCCP found that Integris “discriminated against female applicants for occasional, part-time Mental … Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces New Veteran Hiring Benchmark

Yesterday, OFCCP announced its 2016 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark. The new benchmark is 6.9%, slightly lower than the previous year’s 7% benchmark. The VEVRAA Benchmark is the figure which federal contractors must use to assess the effectiveness of their outreach programs for the hiring of veterans. Contractors may either use the … Continue Reading

OFCCP Publishes Final Rule Modernizing Sex Discrimination Guidelines

For the first time in more than four decades, OFCCP revised its Sex Discrimination Guidelines prohibiting discrimination by government contractors on the basis of sex (the “final rule”). The final rule applies to employers with Federal contracts or subcontracts totaling $10,000 or more over a 12-month period.  The final rule outlines sex-based discriminatory practices that … Continue Reading

OMB Approves Revised Directive Regarding Functional Affirmative Action Programs

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) approved the Depart of Labor’s revised directive regarding Functional Affirmative Action Programs (“FAAP”).  The revised directive amends the procedures for applying for a FAAP and clarifies the obligations that apply to contractors with approved FAAP Agreements.  The revised directive replaces the prior directive … Continue Reading

Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Regulations Sent To OMB For Approval

On May 4, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) received proposed final regulations for the implementation of President Obama’s controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”).  The Order, often referred to as the “blacklisting regulation,” imposes additional disclosure and compliance obligations on federal government contractors with contracts valued at $500,000 … Continue Reading

OFCCP Sues B&H for Alleged Discrimination

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) filed an administrative lawsuit against B&H Foto & Electronics Corporation (“B&H”), a major New York-based electronics retailer, alleging systematic discrimination against Hispanic, black, female, and Asian employees. Following a two-year compliance review, OFCCP’s complaint accuses B&H of (1) exclusively hiring Hispanic … Continue Reading

Proposed EEO-1 Revisions Requiring Production Of Pay Data Published In Federal Register

On February 1, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC’s”) proposed revisions to the Employer Information Report (“EEO-1”) were published in the Federal Register.  Our original post on the anticipated release of this publication can be found here.  With the publication, the EEOC also released a proposed revised version of the EEO-1 report, which … Continue Reading

President Obama Expected To Announce New EEO-1 Pay Equity Reporting Requirements

Today, President Obama is expected to announce new pay equity reporting requirements that would require employers to disclose information concerning compensation and hours worked with their annual EEO-1 reports. According to an EEOC publication in the Federal Register, starting in 2017, employers with more than 100 employees will be required to report “W-2 earnings and … Continue Reading

New Pay Transparency Rules Go Into Effect January 11, 2016 – OFCCP Offers Webinar To Explain New Obligations

On January 11, 2016, the final rule implementing Executive Order 13665 (the “Order”) goes into effect. The Order prohibits federal contractors from firing or otherwise disciplining employees or job applicants for discussing their pay or the pay of their co-workers.  Our previous blog post outlining the final rule’s requirements can be found here. Today (January … Continue Reading

DOL Settles Systemic Hiring and Pay Discrimination Claim With Government Contractor For Close to $2 Million

On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that it reached a settlement with nine locations of a government contractor “to remedy systemic hiring and pay discrimination violations.”  The contractor in question provides uniform and facility services products to private businesses and the federal government. The … Continue Reading

OFCCP Submits Final Sex Discrimination Regulations to OMB for Review and Approval

Earlier this year, we reported that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a proposed rule to revise and replace the sex discrimination guidance it issued in 1970 and clarify federal contractors’ obligations with respect to sex discrimination. In the proposed rule, OFCCP addressed potential barriers to equal opportunity and fair pay for … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule Implementing Pay Transparency Executive Order

Today (September 10, 2015), the Department of Labor issued its final rule, implementing Executive Order 13665  (the “Order”), which prohibits federal contractors from firing or otherwise disciplining employees or job applicants for discussing their pay or the pay of their co-workers.  The final rule goes into effect on January 11, 2016. The final rule comes … Continue Reading

The American Bar Association Joins Growing Chorus Of Groups Raising Concerns About Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Regulations

On August 26, 2015, the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) submitted public comments to the General Services Administration (“GSA”) and the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) on their proposed regulations and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”). In its eighteen-page letter, the ABA raises … Continue Reading

For The Second Time, DOL And FAR Council Extend Notice and Comment Period For Guidance And Regulations Implementing The Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Today (August 5, 2015), the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published an announcement in the Federal Register informing the public that both it and the FAR Council have extended the notice and comment period for the proposed guidance and regulations implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”). The public now has … Continue Reading

OFCCP Expands The Available Languages For Its Complaint Form

On August 3, 2015, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its employment discrimination complaint form in five additional languages. The complaint form, which is available on OFCCP’s website, is now available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and French. Previously, it had only been available in English. Employees of federal contractors may use … Continue Reading

OFCCP Publishes New Outreach and Education Poster

On August 3, 2015, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published a new poster. According to OFCCP, the Outreach and Education poster is the result of “feedback received during stakeholder listening sessions.” OFCCP explains that the aim of the poster is to “increase public awareness of OFCCP and its mission,” as well as … Continue Reading

Members of Congress Request Withdrawal Of Proposed Guidance And Regulations For Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On July 15, 2015, eight members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the Administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, requesting that the proposed guidance and regulations for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”) be withdrawn. This letter comes just days after the Department … Continue Reading

OFCCP Seeks Final Approval Of Its Pay Transparency Regulations From OMB

OFCCP recently sent its proposed final regulations implementing Executive Order 13665 (the “Order”) to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for final approval. The Order, among other things, mandates that federal contractors disclose additional compensation information to employees and permit employees openly to discuss compensation without retribution. The Order directed the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading
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