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Rule Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination Requires Some Contractor Action

Rule Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination Requires Some Contractor Action

Society for Human Resource Management

VETS-4212 Form Reduces Paperwork Burden

VETS-4212 Form Reduces Paperwork Burden

Society for Human Resource Management

DOL Data Collection Push Fans Flames Of Contractor Concern

Law360.com - The U.S. Department of Labor's newly proposed rule to require government contractors to furnish compensation information broken down by sex and race has stoked concerns about compliance burdens and confidentiality as well as raised questions about exactly what the government might do with the data it collects, lawyers say...

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Attorneys Analyze OFCCP Proposal Requiring Equal Pay Report Submissions

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report - Under the OFCCP's Equal Pay Report notice of proposed rulemaking, what would be required of federal contractors and subcontractors?...

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Proposed Equal Pay Report Seeks Submission of W-2 Compensation

Society for Human Resource Management - This article explores an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs proposed rule calling on federal contractors to report on employees' compensation by the information in their W-2 forms...

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Religious Pushback Expected On LGBT Executive Order

Law360.com - Although President Barack Obama is no stranger to using federal contracts as a testing ground for employment reform measures, religious employers may be more resistant to Monday's executive order banning discrimination against gay and transgender contractor employees than to other recent efforts, attorneys say...

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Obama Issues Order Banning LGBT Bias, Declines Call to Expand Religious Exemption

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report - President Barack Obama July 21 issued an executive order banning sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by federal contractors, while resisting calls to carve out an exemption for religion-affiliated employers...

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Obama to Bar Wage-Disclosure Retaliation, Direct DOL to Collect Contractor Pay Data

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report - In this article exploring President Barack Obama's expected announcement of two new executive actions aimed at closing the wage gap for women and minorities, Joshua Roffman provides commentary...

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5 Tips for Federal Contractors Facing New Hiring Rules

Law360.com - With new rules for contractors' affirmative action responsibilities taking effect Monday, companies have a lot of work to do to ensure they meet the U.S. Department of Labor's goals for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, and attorneys are preparing to get their clients in shape for DOL audits...

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OFCCP to Focus on Veterans/Disabilities Rules, 'Rigorous' Pay Data Analyses

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report - One of the main goals of the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in 2014 is to support federal contractors and subcontractors in their efforts to comply with new regulations that update their affirmative action and equal opportunity obligations toward individuals with disabilities and certain protected veterans, OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu told Bloomberg BNA...

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New DOL Affirmative Action Rules May Ensnare Contractors

Law360.com - New U.S. Department of Labor affirmative action rules for federal contractors are designed to increase the hiring of veterans and the disabled, but experts say they also provide a wealth of new data to feed enforcement actions and expand the department's jurisdiction over subcontractors and suppliers...

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Government Issues Controversial Rule

Washington Post - The Obama administration last week issued a new rule that requires contractors to step up their efforts to hire people with disabilities, despite push back from companies...

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New Affirmative Action Rules Demand Swift Contractor Action

Law360.com - While contractors are relieved that the U.S. Department of Labor backed off some of the most controversial aspects of its new veterans and disability rules, experts say the rules' tight compliance deadline will put employers under new pressure to quickly overhaul their human resources policies and technology...

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Braddock Hospital: Implications for Health Care Providers and Beyond

Braddock Hospital: Implications for Health Care Providers and Beyond

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Reporter - Three Pennsylvania hospitals recently learned that all government subcontractors, whether put on notice or not, are subject to Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs rules and regulations...

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OFCCP Sends Disability, Veterans Rules to OMB

Society for Human Resource Management - In an article on OFCCP sending regulations to the Office of Management and Budget, Alissa Horvitz says the regulations could be problematic for several reasons including conflicts with the ADA and EEOC regulations...

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Rethinking Internet Applicant in 2013

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Affirmative Action in Higher Education Reframed

Society for Human Resource Management - Joshua Roffman discusses the 7-1 Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin on the issue of higher education...

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DOL May Expand Bold Plan For Hospitals After Court Ruling

Law360.com - A Washington, D.C., federal court ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Labor can treat certain hospitals as federal subcontractors for the purposes of affirmative action regulations, expanding the DOL's reach and potentially forcing health care providers to spend more on outreach and hiring documentation...

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Lawyers Concerned By New Scrutiny Of Federal Contractor Pay

Thomson Reuters News and Insight - This article that explores how the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will now take a "case-specific" approach to investigating pay discrimination by federal contractors...

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OFCCP in 2013 Seeks to Facilitate Success for Workers, Employees, Agencies

OFCCP in 2013 Seeks to Facilitate Success for Workers, Employees, Agencies

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report - The Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has established a goal to "facilitate success” for workers, federal contractors, and federal agencies in 2013 and during the next four years of the Obama administration, according to OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu...

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New Contractor Hiring Regs Could Push Away Small Businesses

Law360.com - A government contractor group reported recently that the cost of complying with proposed regulations on contractor veteran and disabled hires would be up to 30 times higher than initial U.S. Department of Labor estimates, a burden experts say could effectively shut out small businesses from government work...

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Reflections about Testifying Before the Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

LocalJobNetwork.com - I had the honor of testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions about various OFCCP-related issues. I have to say that it was one of the highlights of my career so far. It was a lot of work to prepare for the hearing, but I would gladly do it again, if invited...

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OFCCP Proposed Rule Criticized on Capitol Hill

Society for Human Resource Management - This article describes testimony before the U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, & Pensions regarding regulations proposed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)...

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Reviewing the Impact of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' Regulatory and Enforcement Actions

United States House of Representatives - Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions - The OFCCP is the Department of Labor agency charged with ensuring that companies receiving federal dollars in the form of contracts -- not grants or federal financial assistance -- are practicing their two-fold obligation...

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Federal Contractors Get New Scrutiny

Society for Human Resource Management - While President Barack Obama's labor and employment agenda has stalled in the divided Congress, it appears to have gained traction through his executive agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)—one of the administration's lead agents of change. Recently, the agency made significant changes in three areas: monitoring contractor compensation practices, affirmative action requirements for veterans and individuals with disabilities, and audit enforcement...

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A High Bar

A High Bar

HR Magazine Society for Human Resource Management - This articles details several compliance areas that may cause problems and cost money for businesses which desire to be contractors...

OFCCP Jurisdiction And The Health Care Industry

Law360.com - This article addresses whether hospitals, nursing homes and large medical practices (more than 50 employees) that are not directly contracting with the federal government still may be deemed federal government subcontractors because of the provider contracts they signed with health plans and HMOs, or because they agreed to treat active and retired military service members and their families through the U.S. Department of Defense's health benefits program known as TRICARE (formerly CHAMPUS)...

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Ten Tips for Training Recruiters and Hiring Managers in Dispositioning Applicants: Ways to Make Sure That Your Company Is Fully Using the Internet Applicant Definition and Is Able to Recreate and Explain Its Hiring and Selection Decisions

Ten Tips for Training Recruiters and Hiring Managers in Dispositioning Applicants: Ways to Make Sure That Your Company Is Fully Using the Internet Applicant Definition and Is Able to Recreate and Explain Its Hiring and Selection Decisions

EEO Insight - Biddle Consulting Group

Government Contractor Conundrum: The JVA Rule and VETS-100 Form

Government Contractor Conundrum: The JVA Rule and VETS-100 Form

Legal Report: Society for Human Resource Management

Desk Audit Submission Can Make or Break Contractor's Case

Society for Human Resource Management - When it comes to a federal contractor's desk audit submission to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), it's better to be late and right than on time and wrong, according to Alissa Horvitz...

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Risky Volunteer Work: Self-Audits of Compensation

Legal Report Society for Human Resource Management - Since 2004, multiple-regression analysis has become the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) preferred approach to investigate compensation discrimination...

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Attorneys Recommend Against Using New OFCCP Self Evaluation Standards

Attorneys Recommend Against Using New OFCCP Self Evaluation Standards

BNA's Affirmative Action Compliance Manual - Except in "exceptional circumstances," federal contractors should avoid doing the compensation self analysis outlined by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in June, two management attorneys told participants in a Webinar Aug. 1...

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