Ogletree Deakins • September 17, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that federal contractors will not be cited for filing their VETS-4212 reports late—as long as they are filed by November 15, 2017. The DOL has made the change in another attempt to accommodate those who have been affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Fisher Phillips • September 15, 2017
The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2018 wage-rate floor required by Executive Order 13658, "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors". Beginning on January 1, 2018, the minimum rate will increase by 15 cents per hour to $10.35 per hour.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 15, 2017
VETS has announced a 45-day extension to the 2017 VETS-4212 filing deadline. The deadline has been extended from September 30, 2017 to November 15, 2017. In a post on it’s website, VETS stated
Ogletree Deakins • September 14, 2017
On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the agency will support Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts in a number of ways, including by relaxing federal contractors’ requirements on a temporary basis. As part of the initiative, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will be temporarily suspending certain requirements on federal contractors to allow “businesses involved in hurricane relief the ability to prioritize recovery efforts.”
Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 12, 2017
In budget measures last week both the U.S. Senate and House signaled the proposed merger between OFCCP and EEOC will soon be nothing but a distant memory. This action comes on the heels of a recent letter from OFCCP Acting Director Tom Dowd who also questioned the efficiency of the proposed merger in light of available alternatives.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 31, 2017
In a recent letter responding to an inquiry regarding the proposed merger between OFCCP and EEOC, Acting OFCCP Director Tom Dowd detailed the regulatory requirements to undertake a merger, which would take effect in 2019. He also suggested interim alternatives exist to achieve the efficiencies intended by the merger, implying the proposed merger is unlikely to occur.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 30, 2017
We have learned the Office of Information Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has decided to postpone indefinitely effectiveness of the newly created pay data reporting component of the annual EEO-1 report. In a letter addressed to Acting EEOC Chair, Victoria Lipnic, OIRA explained it has stayed the effectiveness of the new obligation to take time to review data collection requirements and burden estimates associated with the new data reporting obligations.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 17, 2017
Following up on Interim Director Tom Dowd’s recent commitment for more agency transparency and communication, OFCCP has announced three upcoming town hall meetings. In its announcement, OFCCP stated the purpose of the town halls were to obtain contractor views and learn about contractor experiences implementing and managing nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity requirements to allow OFCCP “”to enhance the scope and quality of [its]compliance assistance through contractor outreach and education materials.”
Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 16, 2017
The Trump Administration is preparing to focus on affirmative action in college admissions, according to The New York Times, which reportedly obtained an internal announcement to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division (CRD).
Ogletree Deakins • August 06, 2017
On July 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) sent a letter clarifying the data collection and reporting periods for the VETS-4212 and EEO-1 reports. The letter explains that contractors may use the same data collection period for the reports, but they must be filed during separate time periods.