Tuesday, November 12, 2019

EEOC Holds Public Hearing on Proposed EEO-1 Report Amendments

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to noon ET at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. The meeting will be open to public observation.

Pursuant to section 709(c) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Commission is holding a public hearing to discuss the proposed changes to the EEO-1 Report. The proposed changes are described in the Commission's September 12, 2019, Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, 84 Fed. Reg. 48138. In the Notice, the EEOC stated that it was planning to seek approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act to continue administering Component 1 of the EEO-1 survey, which the EEOC had sponsored for many years. The EEOC also said that it is not planning to continue using the EEO-1 Report to collect Component 2 pay data information, which the Commission originally added to the EEO-1 in 2016.

The Commission plans to hear from panels of experts, representing a diverse range of different views. Invited panelists will be given the opportunity to present their views at the hearing, and members of the public have the opportunity to submit comments until November 12, 2019, in response to the Commission's Paperwork Reduction Act Notice.

Seating is limited. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before the meeting to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. Visitors should bring a government-issued photo identification card to facilitate entry into the building.

Source: EEOC News Release

US Department of Labor Provides Scheduling List for Federal Contractors Subject to Reviews for Compliance with Vietnam Veterans Era Laws

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released its first scheduling list solely for reviews focused on compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These reviews will be similar in scope to reviews OFCCP began earlier in 2019 focused on compliance with its disability law.

OFCCP plans to conduct 500 focused reviews under the VEVRAA, which will include a comprehensive review of a contractor's policies and employment practices as they relate exclusively to VEVRAA. The reviews will ensure that federal contractors and subcontractors comply with their nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations. In August 2018, OFCCP announced its intent to conduct VEVRAA-focused reviews in Directive 2018-04.

"One of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' core responsibilities is to assure equal employment opportunity for our veterans," said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director, Craig E. Leen. "We have a responsibility to honor their service and contributions by ensuring that contractors provide an inclusive and nondiscriminatory workplace."
Contractors can find out if OFCCP has scheduled them for a VEVRAA-focused review by checking the Corporate Scheduling Announcement List in the OFCCP's FOIA Library.

Source: DOL Newsroom

Friday, October 11, 2019

New Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions

New Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions

New Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions

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OFCCP Releases New Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions with Federal Contracts

OFCCP is committed to providing meaningful compliance assistance for federal contractors to understand federal laws and regulations. To uphold this commitment, we created a new technical assistance guide for educational institutions with federal contracts.
These federal contractors can use this technical assistance guide as a self-assessment tool as they create, review, and update their affirmative action programs.
Here are some highlights you'll find in the new technical assistance guide for educational institutions:
  • An overview of the equal employment opportunity obligations for federal contractors
  • The required components of affirmative action programs and related information
  • What to expect during an OFCCP compliance evaluation
OFCCP helps federal contractors comply with the laws and regulations it enforces and understand the compliance evaluation process. We hope the release of OFCCP's new technical assistance guide will further this aim and serve as a useful tool for educational institutions with federal contracts.

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