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May 05 2022
Affirmative ActionHiringWage and Hour  

Federal contractors settle group hiring and pay claims with OFCCP

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently secured three significant settlements from employers with federal contracts. The companies didn’t admit liability, but signed conciliation agreements after routine affirmative action audits uncovered disparities in hiring and compensation. IQVIA Inc. agreed to pay $550,000 in back wages and interest to resolve allegations that…

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Apr 21 2022
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP contractor portal is now open; certifications due June 30, 2022

The OFCCP Contractor Portal is now open for federal supply and service contractors to certify their affirmative action plan (AAP) compliance no later than June 30, 2022. (Construction contractors aren’t required to participate at this time.) You don’t have to upload your written AAP, but you do need to certify that you have…

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Apr 07 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: COVID-19 temporary rule renewed through August 4, 2022

On April 6, 2022, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) filed its emergency workplace safety rule to address COVID-19 (coronavirus), which is now effective through August 4, 2022. The prior rule expired on April 6, 2022. The updated rule (Public Health Emergency Reporting and Notification Requirements for Infectious and…

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Apr 07 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: COVID-19 rules scaled back for general industry

On March 18, 2022, Oregon OSHA updated its Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks (OAR 437-001-0744), eliminating some requirements for general workplaces, making some provisions merely recommended, and continuing nearly all of the requirements for “exceptional risk” workplaces (such as health care settings). Our Legal Guide, At a Glance: COVID-19 Compliance in Oregon has…

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Apr 07 2022
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP updates veterans hiring benchmark as of March 31, 2022

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that the hiring benchmark for protected veterans is dropping slightly, to 5.5 percent (down from 5.6 percent) effective March 31, 2022. This means that federal contractors’ affirmative action plans (AAPs) with plan dates of April 1, 2022, or later should use the new…

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Apr 07 2022
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP resets expectations for contractors during audits

On March 31, 2022, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2022-02 (Effective Compliance Evaluations and Enforcement), which eliminates some employer-friendly affirmative action audit procedures and establishes high expectations going forward. This is the second directive issued by OFCCP Director Jenny Yang, who was appointed by President…

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Mar 17 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

COVID-19 protocols decreasing but not gone yet

California, Oregon, and Washington’s workplace mandates related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) are being whittled away but continue to evolve, so we’ve captured a high-level overview in three new Legal Guides, entitled “At a Glance: COVID-19 Compliance” in California, Oregon, and Washington. Two recent developments in California and Oregon are of particular note: In California, Executive Order N-5-22…

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Mar 17 2022
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

Federal contractors subject to two-pronged pay equity focus

On March 15, 2022, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a pay equity directive and President Biden issued an executive order related to pay equity for federal contractors. Both were timed to coincide with Equal Pay Day. The OFCCP’s Directive 2022-01 (Pay Equity Audits) reminds federal contractors of their…

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Mar 03 2022
Safety and Health  

OSHA proposes updating powered industrial truck design standards

On February 16, 2022, OSHA published a proposed rule that would update the design and manufacturing standards for powered industrial trucks used in general industry and construction. The current rules at 29 CFR 1910.178(a) and 29 CFR 1926.602(c) refer to standards developed in 1969 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The…

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Mar 03 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: No more quarantine after exposure as of March 12, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has announced that quarantining after exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus) will no longer be necessary for the general population, including K-12 and childcare settings, beginning on March 12, 2022. OHA will continue to recommend quarantining in high-risk settings, such as health care settings, correctional facilities, and…

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