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  • Be Ready for Increased Focus on Pay Equity in 2017
    by Cheryl L. Behymer - January 20, 2017
    Pay equity issues took center stage when the Lilly Ledbetter Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2009, the first such federal legislation to be enacted in an effort to close the wage gap between genders. This statute ushered in a new era for pay equity, and the effects continue to ripple throughout the country with no signs of slowing down. That Act overturned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that had denied reco...
  • Disability Etiquette: Tips for Interacting with Individuals with Disabilities
    by Lauren Collinson - January 20, 2017
    According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an Individual with a Disability (IWD) is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. Taking this definition into account, it is no surprise IWDs make up the largest minority...
  • The New National Origin Discrimination Guidance
    by Judy Lindenberger - January 20, 2017
    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination and retaliation due to national origin. Title VII makes it unlawful for employers to treat workers unfairly because of their national origin or ethnic background, if an individual is from a certain country, or if he or she has cultural, physical, or linguistic characteristics of a certain ethnic group. In FY 2015, approximately 11% of workplace...
  • The OFCCP Digest Volume 7, Issue 1
    by Local JobNetwork™ - January 20, 2017
    Be Ready for Increased Focus on Pay Equity in 2017 Topic: Compensation Pay equity issues took center stage when the Lilly Ledbetter Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2009, the first such federal legislation to be enacted in an effort to close the wage gap between genders. This statute ushered in a new era for pay equity, and...
  • Tools for Your Toolbox - A Compensation Overview Made Simple
    by Lisa Kaiser - January 20, 2017
    Yes, you saw that correctly. An analysis of your compensation while doing a self-audit, at least an overview in the manner typically done in a desk audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), can be relatively simple. That’s not because the agency lacks the skills to conduct complex compensation analyses, but because the sheer number of audits the agency investigates every year makes running co...
  • Waiting for Change at OFCCP
    by Bill Osterndorf - January 20, 2017
    In January of 2017, Donald Trump will be president of the United States. This is not what the political pundits expected, and it is not what most service providers working in the affirmative action/equal opportunity area expected. Now that a Trump presidency is a reality, it is time to determine how this affects organizations that must comply with the federal affirmative action laws. How Are the Federal Affirmative Action...
  • Deployment 2 Employment
    by Robert Curry - November 11, 2016
    Returning home from war or conflict brings a flood of pent up emotions to our veterans and their families. They have been dreaming of that return since the day they walked into a strange country. And now, many just want to pick up where they left off when they first deployed over a year ago. The first months are spent reacquainting with family, friends, co-workers, etc. But what they realize is that things have changed since...
  • Early Compensation Manager Interviews: An Emerging Inflection Point in OFCCP Audits
    by Scott Pechaitis, Chris Patrick - November 11, 2016
    As the federal contractor world waits to see how Trump’s White House will shape OFCCP’s enforcement tactics, there is one tool of the Agency that is unlikely to go away any time soon – the compensation manager interview. There is little doubt that, even in a Republican administration, “equal pay” will remain a top enforcement priority of the Agency. To date, no effort has been as fruitful for th...
  • Graduate Students - To Be or Not to Be Employees; That is the Question
    by Marilynn L. Schuyler - November 11, 2016
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a decision on August 23, 2016, regarding Columbia University, concluded that, for the purposes of collective bargaining, the following positions should be deemed employees: Graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants Graduate research assistants Graduate fellows assistants Work-study students Instructional officers This ruling overturns Brown University,...
  • Judge's Ruling Blocks Most of Blacklisting Rules for Now, but Contractors Still Have Obligations and Need to Take Action
    by Brian Bulger - November 11, 2016
    Introduction Large government contractors last Monday received a reprieve, at least preliminarily, from the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) so-called “blacklisting” rules, under which covered contractors (including subcontractors) would be required to report to the government a panoply of labor violations. On October 24, Judge Marcia Crone, a federal judge in the Eastern District o...