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Jun 30 2014
Affirmative ActionHiring  

Electric company pays $1M to settle hiring discrimination claims

Following a random audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), federal contractor Lincoln Electric agreed to pay $1 million in back wages to African American applicants it rejected for entry level positions.

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Jun 12 2014
Affirmative Action  

New online resource for finding veterans

Several branches of the federal government have created an interagency online tool to connect military veterans and employers.

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Mar 27 2014
Affirmative Action  

Ensure disabled applicants aren’t accidentally excluded from hiring process

Online application systems can pose a major barrier to individuals with disabilities if they’re not designed correctly, according to a recent webinar offered by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).

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Mar 19 2014
Affirmative Action  

President signs Executive Order for contractors to pay $10.10 minimum wage

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, which will require certain federal contractors to pay at least $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2015. Federal agencies will incorporate this minimum wage requirement into new federal contracts for construction or services. Affected contractors must then turn around and include the minimum wage requirement in their subcontracts on the federal project. The order indicates that the minimum wage will apply only to those who are actually working on the federal project. The rate of $10.10 per hour will be reevaluated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) each year, and may go up in 2016 and subsequent years depending on increases in the Consumer Price Index. The new rates apply even to contractors who have special certificates authorizing them to pay certain individuals with disabilities at rates below the minimum wage.  The order directs the DOL to issue regulations by October 1, 2014, identifying any exemptions from the order. Vigilant will keep members informed.

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Dec 30 2013
Affirmative Action  

Affirmative Action: Construction contractor nailed for hiring discrimination

A federal construction contractor’s hiring procedures unfairly discriminated against minority applicants for apprentice and electrician jobs, according to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

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Dec 19 2013
Affirmative ActionDisability  

Affirmative Action: OFCCP updates FAQs on new disability and veterans rules

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released more FAQs on its web pages providing guidance on the new rules regarding protected veterans and people with disabilities.

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Oct 17 2013
Affirmative ActionHiring  

Bank ordered to pay over $2 million to rejected applicants

OFCCP announced that Bank of America has been ordered by an administrative law judge to pay $2,181,593 in back wages and interest to disappointed African American job applicants.

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Oct 09 2013
Affirmative Action  

2013 VETS 100/100A reporting extended

Because of problems with the launch of the 2013 VETS-100/100A reporting cycle, the U.S. Department of Labor has given federal contractors an extra month to submit their reports.

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Oct 02 2013
Affirmative ActionDisabilityHiring  

Understand what deadlines apply to new rules on veterans and disabilities

Employers with federal contracts or subcontracts need to understand their deadlines for coming into compliance with new affirmative action rules for veterans and people with disabilities.

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Sep 26 2013
Affirmative Action  

Home care operator settles charges it discriminated against male applicants

A provider of in-home care in Spokane, Washington, agreed to pay $92,059 to settle allegations of gender discrimination in its hiring process following an affirmative action audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

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