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Nov 03 2022
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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
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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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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
Affirmative Action  

2022 VETS-4212 Report website open for filing

Covered federal contractors can now file their 2022 VETS-4212 Reports, which are due on September 30, 2022, to the U.S. Department of Labor. Filing is required for all employers with a single federal contract or subcontract worth at least $150,000. The VETS-4212 Report gives the federal government a snapshot of…

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Jul 07 2022
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OFCCP posts more affirmative action settlements

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently posted another significant financial settlement with a federal contractor, arising out of a routine affirmative action audit. Without admitting liability, Becton, Dickinson and Company agreed to pay $499,349 in back pay and interest to resolve allegations that it discriminated against 125 female applicants at three locations in…

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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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