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  • Proposed EEOC/OFCCP Merger has Opposition from Many Civil Rights Organizations
    by James J. Plunkett - June 16, 2017
    In late May, the Trump administration released its detailed FY2018 budget, which proposes a $2 billion (20%) cut to the funding for the Department of Labor (DOL). While these initial forays into the federal government budgetary process are often described as “dead on arrival,” presidents’ budget proposals can provide a glimpse into administrations’ policy priorities, and in that way, often act as the “opening bid” in the...
  • The OFCCP Digest Volume 7, Issue 6
    by Local JobNetwork™ - June 16, 2017
    Trump Administration Proposes Merger of EEOC and OFCCP as Part of 2018 Budget Topic: OFCCP When the Trump administration released its proposed budget for the upcoming federal fiscal year, the budget contained a proposal for a major change involving two of the nation’s most prominent civil rights agencies, the Equal Employment Oppo...
  • Tools for Your Toolbox – Managing the Confidential Information in the Lockbox
    by Lisa Kaiser - June 16, 2017
    One of the most concerning challenges faced by human resource professionals today is balancing confidential employee data with the ever-growing requirements subject to Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforcement. This struggle grew more cloudy with the enactment of the additional obligations of companies to solicit disability information from individuals applying for jobs, additional data required by t...
  • Trump Administration Proposes Merger of EEOC and OFCCP as Part of 2018 Budget
    by Bill Osterndorf - June 16, 2017
    When the Trump administration released its proposed budget for the upcoming federal fiscal year, the budget contained a proposal for a major change involving two of the nation’s most prominent civil rights agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Regardless of whether and when this change will occur, the proposal...
  • Why Disability Perspective Matters for a Productive and Inclusive Workplace
    by Kathleen Lee, Judy Young - June 16, 2017
    We have all heard how important an inclusive workplace is and how it encompasses five different generations of workers. Each generation brings its own communication styles, complexities, priorities, and so much more. With all these differences, how can we manage other dimensions of diversity? Is this an unprecedented challenge or is it an incredible opportunity for change? When we think about diversity and an inclusive workpla...
  • Contractors Should Note: Seventh Circuit Sets Up Sexual Orientation Split for SCOTUS
    by Jenny Goltz, Brian Bulger - May 19, 2017
    By now you have certainly heard of the landmark en banc opinion recently handed down by the Seventh Circuit in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit reversed its own precedent and became the first federal appellate court to rule that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. With this ruling, the Seventh Circuit has not only created a split with nearly every oth...
  • EEO-1 101: The Fundamentals of Employer Information Reports
    by Janet Lewis - May 19, 2017
    Whether or not the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) plan to revise EEO-1 reports to also require reporting of wages and hours worked ever comes to fruition, filing accurate EEO-1 reports is important—especially for federal contractors and subcontractors. Why is Accuracy Important? Employers are required to certify the accuracy of their EEO-1 reports and that they have been prepared in acc...
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work
    by Judy Lindenberger - May 19, 2017
    April 4, 2017, was Equal Pay Day. The Equal Pay Act, which requires that men and women get equal pay for equal work, was enacted in 1963, more than 50 years ago. Yet, women in the United States earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. And the wage disparity is worse for women of color and Hispanic women. Why? To start, women need to understand how certain attitudes and behaviors may be hurting us. K...
  • Lessons from OFCCP's Settlement with Bank of America
    by Pamela Ploor - May 19, 2017
    The Department of Labor recently settled a nearly 25-year-old hiring discrimination case with NationsBank, which later merged with Bank of America. The settlement ends an audit the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) began on November 24, 1993. The bank agreed to pay $1 million in wages and interest to 1,027 African-American applicants for clerical, teller, and other positions. The settlement is a rem...
  • The OFCCP Digest Volume 7, Issue 5
    by Local JobNetwork™ - May 19, 2017
    Contractors Should Note: Seventh Circuit Sets Up Sexual Orientation Split for SCOTUS Topic: EEO By now you have certainly heard of the landmark en banc opinion recently handed down by the Seventh Circuit in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit reversed its own precedent and became the first federal...