California Firm Esri Reaches $2.3 Million Pay Discrimination Settlement

Pay discrimination

Despite continuous legislative and social efforts aimed at closing the gender pay gap, pay discrimination persists. The latest organization to learn the value of a pay equity audit the hard way is Esri. The technology company based out of California reached a settlement with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)…

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EEOC Gears up for the Return of EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Reporting

EEO-1

“Watch out, it is coming.” That’s what Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner Keith Sonderling recently told attendees at a DirectEmployers Annual Meeting in regards to EEO-1 Component 2 data reporting. Sonderling’s statement confirms what has been brewing for some time now: The return of Component 2 in the annual EEO-1 survey is inevitable, and…

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EEO-1 Portal Opens for 2021 Reporting

EEO-1

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the opening of the portal for submitting EEO-1 Component 1 data last week. Organizations will have until May 17, 2022, to get their reports in. That’s just over four weeks from now. Employers keen on making the deadline should begin preparing their filings now. In an announcement on…

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OFCCP Proposes Rule to Modify Enforcement Process for Employee Discrimination

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The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is taking steps to strengthen its pay equity enforcement strategy. On March 22, 2022, the OFCCP published a notice of proposed rulemaking aimed primarily at reversing regulations created under the Trump administration in 2020. The existing regulations require OFCCP to issue contractors a predetermination notice prior to…

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Federal Forces Unite to Further Drive Pay Equity

Pay equity

To commemorate Equal Pay Day earlier this month, President Biden issued an executive order aimed at promoting pay equity and transparency in the federal workforce. The order applies to federal contractors and would oversee the hiring and pay-setting processes for federal workers. A proposed rule is expected in the near term from the Office of…

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Federal Agencies Kick-off HIRE Program to Promote DEI&A

HIRE

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP ) launched their partnership program to ensure workplace equity – the Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE).  According to the official fact sheet, “HIRE is a multi-year collaborative effort chaired by EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows and OFCCP Director Jenny…

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Federal Agencies to Prioritize Pay Equity Enforcement

Pay Equity Enforcement

A recent Bloomberg Law interview with former commissioner and acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Victoria A. Lipnic, sheds light on the future of pay equity enforcement in the U.S.  While Lipnic advises employers to stay tuned for details of EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan for 2022, she confirms the agency’s efforts…

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Customers React Negatively to Wage Gap Disclosures, HBR Study Finds

Wage gap disclosures

Lawmakers across the globe are finding that pay data reporting requirements for employers are critical for helping to close the gender wage gap. As recently seen in the U.K. and states throughout the U.S., mandatory public disclosure of wage gaps lays bare the integrity of an organization’s pay practices. This increasing visibility into companies’ compensation…

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OFCCP Announces New AAP Requirements for Federal Contractors

OFCCP AAP Requirements

Under new leadership, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is following through on its commitment to prioritize pay equity and ramp up enforcement of employee diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The agency recently released new requirements around Affirmative Action Plans (AAP) that will impact federal contractors and subcontractors. Going…

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OFCCP Confirms It Will Leverage EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data

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The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced that effective immediately, it would be using EEO-1 Component 2 pay data for enforcement. This is a complete departure from the agency’s previous statements. In the official notice, the OFCCP states that its original decision to not leverage the Component 2 Pay Data “was premature…

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