Regulations

Honor Military Veterans By Hiring Them

Veteran’s Day is a time to take stock of how fortunate we are to live in a country with extensive freedoms, and how fortunate we are to have brave men and women who, generation after generation, step forward to willingly put their lives on the line to protect those freedoms for all of us. While…

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New York State Issues Final Guidance on Sexual Harassment Prevention

The New York State Department of Labor and State Division of Human Rights have issued final guidance for the state’s employer policies for workplace harassment that require every employer in the New York State to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy. As part of the state’s budget bill, which was signed into law in April,…

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OFCCP to Start New Ombud Service

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ((OFCCP) has released a new directive that creates an ombudsman service in an effort to facilitate the fair and equitable resolution of concerns raised by OFCCP’s external stakeholders. The new Directive 2018-09 addresses an issue raised in a 2016 GAO report, Equal Employment Opportunity: Strengthening…

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Achieving Equal Pay Requires Everyone’s Involvement

It’s a bit mind boggling, but it encapsulates how much work needs to be done to achieve equal pay in the U.S. A new study by AAUW found that in a comparison of occupations with at least 50,000 men and 50,000 women in 2017, 107 out of 114 occupations had statistically significant gaps in pay…

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DOL’s PAID Extended for 6 Months

U.S. Department of Labor has extended the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program for another six months. The program, which launched in March and was scheduled to conclude last month, will now be extended until April 2019, in hopes of drawing greater participation. The PAID pilot program allows an employer to review Wage and…

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The OFCCP’s Directive 2018-07 Supports Affirmative Action

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has a new directive to ensure that federal contractors have prepared a written affirmative action program (AAP) and that the program is being updated annually. Directive 2018-07 establishes a program to ensure that federal contractors are complying with their AAP obligations. The OFCCP…

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California’s New Salary History Ban Is Signed into Law

With the signing into law of bill AB 2282 by Governor Jerry Brown, California continues to take an aggressive stance towards achieving the goal of equal pay for all workers, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. The new law amends the existing state salary history ban which came into effect January 1, 2018 (AB 168).…

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More States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries [UPDATE]

It’s an unfortunate truth that pay disparities continue to exist in the U.S. workforce. The good news is that we are moving towards a future that is correcting that issue. Over the last two years, in an effort to alleviate the pay disparity between men and women across the U.S., some state,county and local governments…

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EEOC Enforcements Efforts Focus on Sexual Harassment

3 minute read: Fiscal year 2018 saw the most enforcement litigation activity by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) than any year in the agency’s history since it was formed as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Those organizations that thought the level of EEOC enforcement activity would be slowing down under a…

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