How Pay Equity Audits Can Help Companies Avoid Racial Discrimination

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As the historian, Howard Zinn said, “you can’t be neutral on a moving train.” The waves of community outreach, protests, and activism following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and too many others present employers with an opportunity to implement or reinforce antiracist policies at work. One critical step in accomplishing this…

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How Serious are OFCCP Equal Pay Penalties? Very.

The Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) just won a significant equal pay victory against WMS Solutions, LLC, a staffing company focusing on asbestos abatement. A News Release dated June 22, 2020, described the order, which requires WMS Solutions, LLC to pay $960,905 in back wages, damages, and interest based on discrimination and harassment…

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Lessons Learned from Oracle’s Equal Pay Saga

Oracle’s equal pay saga illustrates how a proactive pay equity strategy is better than adopting a reactive approach—to the tune of millions of dollars, as well as bad publicity. Earlier this year, we discussed how Oracle was in the crosshairs of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”), the federal agency housed within the…

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Despite COVID-19, Pay Equity Continues to be a Priority

Undeniably, it is a very sensitive time for employers across the U.S. dealing with the economic implications ofCOVID-19.However, a recent order from the Central District Court of California serves as a reminder that employers should continue to focus their efforts on pay equity compliance. In May of 2019, Yunghui Chen, a former auditor for the…

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Pay Equity is Still a Top Concern for OFCCP Despite Pandemic

While U.S. companies continue to grapple with issues posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,pay equity issues should not be put on the backburner. On March 16, 2020, the United States Department of Labor announced the resolution of a pay equity claim brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) against Cisco Systems, Inc. The…

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OFCCP Launches Learning Institute for Contractors

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has launched the first ever online Contractor Compliance Institute (CCI). The Contractor Compliance Institute (CCI) is an interactive learning management system designed to educate employers with federal contracts and subcontracts on how to comply with the OFCCP’s Equal Employment Opportunity regulations, cites an OFCCP…

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OFCCP Reinforces Commitment to Transparency

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released revisions to its Federal Contract Compliance Manual. The manual provides guidance for OFCCP’s compliance officers in conducting compliance evaluations, complaint investigations and providing federal contractors with compliance assistance, according to the update alert. The updates made to the manual include: ● Revisions…

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OFCCP Seeks Comments on Proposed Compliance Evaluation Procedure Rule

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is seeking feedback on a proposed rule that will make clear the agency’s procedures during compliance evaluations. The rule will provide federal contractors and subcontractors with greater certainty about the procedures that OFCCP follows during compliance evaluations to resolve employment discrimination and other material violations. The rule…

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OFCCP Issues New Compliance Assistance Guides

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued new compliance assistance guides for contractors. OFCCP at a Glance provides contractors with a description of the work the agency performs as well as the different responsibilities contractors need to comply with. Contractors unsure of what to expect when working with…

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OFCCP Releases 2019 CSAL Schedule

OFCCP Releases 2019 CSAL Schedule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) for the 2019 fiscal year for 3,500 establishments. This is the first time OFCCP issued the list only through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) library. Previously, OFCCP mailed individual corporate scheduling announcement letters (CSALs)…

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