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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.

JANUARY 26, 2021

CA-SB 973 : Filing for Pay Data in California

The California Senate Bill No. 973, approved by Governor Newsom on September 30th, 2020, will require all private employers with 100 or more employees and employees that live or report to an establishment in California to report information on Pay and Total Hours Worked to California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for their California employees during the year 2020.

JANUARY 20, 2021

New Scheduled 2021 Openings of EEOC Data Collections

After delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 and the 2020 EEO-3 and 2020 EEO-5 Data Collections on May 8, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the collections will open in 2021.

JANUARY 14, 2021

OFCCP has Released the First Section 503 Focused Review Annual Report

OFCCP has released the first Section 503 Focused Review Annual Report. The report includes an overview of the Section 503 focused review program, results of Section 503 focused reviews conducted to date, lessons learned and insight into the program’s future.

DECEMBER 29, 2020

AAAED Commends the Federal District Court in California for Issuing a Preliminary Injunction in Executive Order 13950 Case

The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity commends the California Federal District Court for issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction to halt the enforcement of President Trump’s Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. In Santa Cruz Lesbian and Gay Center v. Trump, Judge Beth Labson Freeman issued a preliminary injunction on the grounds that it was likely that plaintiffs would prevail in their claim that the Order was unconstitutional and a violation of the First and Fifth Amendments.

OCTOBER 23, 2020

OFCCP Publishes Request for Information

OFCCP published a Request for Information in the Federal Register requesting that federal contractors, subcontractors and their employees provide copies of any training, workshop, or similar programming having to do with diversity and inclusion, as well as information about the duration, frequency, and expense of such activities in response. OFCCP will provide compliance assistance to companies that provide materials through the request.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

Oracle Wins Litigation Against OFCCP

On September 22nd, Oracle announced that the Department of Labor Administration Law Judge ruled across the board in Oracle’s favor and found no evidence whatsoever of discrimination at Oracle. 

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