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Nov 17 2022
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Follow these HR tips for holding holiday parties

With the widespread easing of COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions, our attorneys have been fielding a number of questions about resuming company holiday parties. Here are some recommendations to enjoy a fun celebration with coworkers without getting the company into trouble: Stay healthy: Tell employees to please stay home if they don’t feel well, so…

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Nov 17 2022
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WASHINGTON: PFML rates to rise in 2023

As of January 1, 2023, the premiums will increase for Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. The premium rate will be 0.8 percent (up from 0.6 percent) of each employee’s gross wages (not including tips), up to a maximum of $160,200 (the 2023 Social Security cap). The split between employers…

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Nov 03 2022
Affirmative ActionDisabilityHarassment & Discrimination  

Q&A: Affirmative action ruling won’t affect federal contractors

Question: I understand the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a legal challenge to two universities’ race-based student admissions practices. If the Court strikes down these practices, how will it affect our affirmative action obligations as a federal contractor? Answer: It won’t, for many reasons. The universities’ alleged practices of considering race/ethnicity when selecting…

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Oct 20 2022
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

Federal contractors settle significant OFCCP discrimination claims

Just in time before the close of the federal fiscal year on September 30, 2022, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) obtained a number of significant financial settlements with federal contractors. The OFCCP had selected these companies for routine audits of their affirmative action plans (AAPs) and found…

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Oct 20 2022
Harassment & Discrimination  

EEOC updates its mandatory EEO poster

On October 19, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the replacement of its mandatory “EEO is the Law” poster with a new one titled, “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal.” At long last, the revisions incorporate information from the temporary supplement to the “EEO is the Law” poster, which federal contractors…

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Sep 15 2022
Affirmative Action  

Federal contractors get portal to report construction subcontracts

Federal construction contractors now have a one-stop option to comply with their obligation to notify the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) within 10 business days of awarding a subcontract worth more than $10,000 for work on a federal or federally assisted construction project. The OFCCP recently launched the…

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Sep 15 2022
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP extends deadline to object to EEO-1 release to 10/19/22

On 9/15, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) extended the deadline from September 19, 2022, to October 19, 2022, for multi-location federal contractors to object to the release of their EEO-1 Reports to a news organization. As we previously reported, an investigative reporter has filed a Freedom of…

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Sep 01 2022
Affirmative ActionHarassment & DiscriminationWage and Hour  

OFCCP revises its directive on compensation analysis

On August 18, 2022, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) updated the pay equity directive it had published just five months earlier (which we reported here). OFCCP compliance officers will now follow Directive 2022-01 Revision 1 (Advancing Pay Equity Through Compensation Analysis) when conducting affirmative action audits of…

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Sep 01 2022
Affirmative Action  

Federal contractors have until 9/19/22 to object to release of EEO-1

On August 19, 2022, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a notice in the Federal Register that an investigative reporter has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for EEO-1 Report data filed by federal contractors (including first-tier subcontractors) from 2016 through 2020. Federal contractors who don’t want…

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Aug 04 2022
Wage and Hour  

Q&A: Don’t share wage data with competitors

Question: Our maintenance people keep getting picked off by other local companies. I can’t decide whether to write them a nastygram to stop poaching our employees, or try to find out what they’re paying so we can set our wages higher. Any thoughts? Answer: As frustrating as this is, both of those approaches…

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