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January 13, 2022

OFCCP and EEOC Launch a Joint Initiative to Promote Hiring Equity

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a collaborative initiative to advance hiring practices and help provide underrepresented communities access to good jobs. This joint effort, called The Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE), will help address key hiring and recruiting challenges to improve equal employment opportunities.

January 11, 2022

The EEOC Announces Changes to the 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 Reporting

Beginning with the 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection, ALL establishments with less than 50 employees must submit data using a Type 8 Establishment Report (“Type 8 Report”). The EEOC is no longer accepting the “Type 6 Report.” This change is part of the EEOC’s continuing efforts to improve the agency’s EEO data collections. The 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection is scheduled to open on April 12, 2022, and the deadline to file is May 17, 2022

January 4, 2022

Employers Required to Display Notices in the Workplace About Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination

Did you know that the law requires employers to display notices in the workplace about federal laws prohibiting job discrimination? Get your free copy of the “EEO is the Law” poster today, prepared by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and available in four languages.

December 21, 2021

EEOC’s Updated Technical Assistance Document on COVID-19 Disability

EEOC’s technical assistance document now includes a section to clarify under what circumstances COVID-19 may be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act. “Like effects from other diseases, effects from COVID-19 can lead to a disability protected under the laws the EEOC enforces. Workers with disabilities stemming from COVID-19 are protected from employment discrimination and may be eligible for reasonable accommodations.”

November 23, 2021

EEOC Updates Covid-19 Technical Assistance to Cover Retaliation

EEOC recently updated its COVID-19 Technical Assistance document again, providing additional information on the rights of employees and job applicants who believe they suffered employer retaliation for protected activities under the ADA, Title VII, or other employment discrimination laws. 

November 10, 2021

OFCCP's Proposal to Preserve Equality & Religious Freedom

The U.S. Department of Labor’s OFCCP has announced a proposal to rescind the regulations established in the final rule titled “Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption.” This proposal would preserve the Executive Order 11246 religious exemption, ensuring that the EO 11246 religious exemption is interpreted and applied consistently with Title VII principles and case law.

November 5, 2021

EEOC’s Updated COVID-19 Technical Assistance Document

EEOC recently updated and expanded its COVID-19 Technical Assistance document, providing additional information on EEO laws and religious objections to employer vaccine requirements. “Title VII requires employers to accommodate employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs, practices, and observances absent undue hardship. This update will help safeguard that fundamental right as employers seek to protect workers and the public from the unique threat of COVID-19.”

October 14, 2021

Deadline for 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection

The NEW and FINAL deadline to submit and certify the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Report(s) is Monday, October 25, 2021. The EEO-1 Component 1 report is mandatory for all private sector employers with 100 or more employees, and federal contractors with 50 or more employees meeting certain criteria. We encourage all eligible employers to file as soon as possible since there will be no additional changes to the deadline.

October 11, 2021

How Can You Prepare for the New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Are you prepared for the new COVID-19 vaccine mandate? The emergency temporary standard requires private employers with 100 or more employees to mandate the COVID vaccine or weekly testing for their unvaccinated employees. Even though it has not been released yet, covered employers should start preparing now to avoid possible penalties. To stay compliant and avoid up to $14,000 fines, you should begin preparations such as updating your vaccination policies. 

October 5, 2021

How to Commemorate American Workers with Disabilities this Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the U.S. Department of Labor has compiled a list of ways we can celebrate the many contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. It includes ideas, resources, events, and activities centered around NDEAM’s 2021 theme of “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.”

September 27, 2021

VETS-4212 Report Upcoming Deadline

The VETS-4212 Report is due Thursday, September 30, 2021. Federal contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to complete and submit the reports online through the VETS-4212 Reporting Application website. Specific instructions, information, and follow-up assistance are also available at the VETS-4212 website.

September 21, 2021

Hispanic Women Experience the Largest Wage Gap in the U.S. Workforce

Did you know that for every dollar earned by non-Hispanic white men, Hispanic women earn only 55 cents? This is the largest wage gap experienced by any major racial group in the U.S. workforce. We must continue to take necessary actions to hardwire equity for all women, particularly women of color. Learn more about the statistics on the state of Hispanic women in the U.S. workforce.

September 17, 2021

U.S. Department of Labor’s Compliance Assistance for Small Businesses

This week was National Small Business Week! You can learn more about your Equal Employment Opportunity and nondiscrimination responsibilities by viewing U.S. Department of Labor’s Small Federal Contractors Guide.

September 9, 2021

U.S. Department of Labor Can Help Those Transitioning from Military Service

Every year, approximately 200,000 men and women leave U.S. military service and return to life as civilians, a process known as the military to civilian transition. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools, and training to ensure service members, and their spouses, are prepared for the next step in civilian life.

September 7, 2021

New EEO Census Data Available for AAP Development

Earlier this year, the U.S. Census Bureau began releasing new data tables that federal contractors use to conduct availability analysis when determining whether to establish placement goals for women and minorities as part of their affirmative action programs (AAPs). This new Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation (EEO Tab) is based on 2014-2018 census data and has been released on a rolling basis for the past few months along with guidance from Census. Now that the 2014-2018 EEO Tabulation is ready to use for AAP development, OFCCP has posted a notice requiring federal contractors to use the 2014-2018 EEO Tabulation for AAPs developed on or after January 1, 2022.

September 2, 2021

Labor Rights Week: How the U.S. Dept. of Labor Protects All Workers

This week we celebrate Labor Rights Week and honor all workers in the American workforce. Let us continue to work together to make sure that everyone has the same right to safety and fairness in the workplace. Learn more about how the U.S. Department of Labor protects workers, regardless of immigration status.

August 20, 2021

EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection: Deadline Extended Again

Due to the pandemic and the continuing impact it has caused on business operations, the deadline to submit and certify 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data has been extended again to Monday, October 25, 2021. EEOC also announces that this will be their final extension: “This new deadline is the FINAL DEADLINE and all eligible filers MUST submit data by this date. No additional changes to the filing deadline will be made. We encourage eligible employers to file the required EEO-1 Component 1 report(s) as soon as possible.”

August 10, 2021

The EEOC Will Focus on Three Broad Areas for FY 2022

The Biden Administration has called for a whole-of-government approach to addressing systemic discrimination and advancing equal opportunity, and the EEOC has a critical part in achieving that agenda. The EEOC will focus on three broad areas for the fiscal year 2022– racial justice and systemic discrimination, pay equity, and the civil rights impact of the pandemic.

July 13, 2021

New Filing Deadline for 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection

The deadline to submit and certify 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data HAS BEEN CHANGED. The new filing deadline is NOW Monday, August 23, 2021. The Employer Information Report EEO-1 Component 1, or the EEO-1 Component 1 Report, is open, and organizations can file their information through the new EEO-1 Component 1 Online Filing System.

July 2, 2021

OFCCP Publishes New Audit Scheduling (CSAL) List

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced the release of its latest Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL), which is comprised of 750 Supply and Service establishment-based full compliance reviews, Corporate Management Compliance Evaluations (CMCE), Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) Reviews, and University Reviews.

June 16, 2021

New EEOC Resources about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Workplace Rights

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announces the release of new resources about sexual orientation and gender identity workplace rights to educate employees, applicants, and employers about the rights of all employees, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers.

April 26, 2021

EEO-1 Component 1 Online Filing System is Now Available

The 2019 & 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection is now open. The deadline to submit and certify the EEO-1 Component 1 Report is Monday July 19, 2021. Organizations can file their information through the new EEO-1 Component 1 Online Filing System.

March 31, 2021

The New 2021 Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark is 5.6%

OFCCP updated the 2021 Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark on the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database. Effective today, March 31, 2021, the new benchmark is 5.6%. State-level veteran availability data has also been updated in the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database for federal contractors and subcontractors who calculate an individualized hiring benchmark using the five-factor method.

March 30, 2021

EEOC Announces April 26 Opening Date for the Collection of 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data

After delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection will open on Monday, April 26, 2021. Employers will have until July 19 to submit two years of EEO-1 data.

JANUARY 28, 2021

President Biden Revokes Executive Order 13950

On January 20, 2021, as part of the new Executive Order 13985, President Biden revoked Executive Order 13950 which, among other things, prohibited federal contractors and subcontractors from providing certain workplace diversity training and programs.

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