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Apr 07 2022
Harassment & DiscriminationPrivacy & ConfidentialityWage and Hour  

WASHINGTON: 2022 legislature limits confidentiality agreements

On March 24, 2022, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law ESHB 1795, which prohibits employers from requiring a prospective, current, or former employee (or an independent contractor) to sign any agreement that prevents the disclosure of alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual assault, wage and hour violations, or conduct that is…

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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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Feb 03 2022
COVID-19Harassment & DiscriminationSafety and Health

CDC now uses “up to date” instead of “fully vaccinated”

In updated guidance regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination status, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now uses the term “up to date” instead of “fully vaccinated.” Up to date means individuals have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Workers are eligible for a booster if at least 5 months have passed…

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Dec 16 2021
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

Security services contractor to pay $1,175,000 after OFCCP audit

AlliedBarton Security Services LLC agreed to pay $1,175,000 in back pay and interest to resolve allegations of pay discrimination uncovered during a routine affirmative action audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP found pay disparities based on race and gender among employees in unarmed security…

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Oct 21 2021
Affirmative ActionHarassment & DiscriminationWage and Hour  

OFCCP rushes to extract settlements at close of FY 2021

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) raced to secure financial settlements from federal contractors at the close of the agency’s 2021 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2021. After conducting routine affirmative action audits of selected companies, the OFCCP alleged discriminatory practices in compensation and hiring. Each of the…

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Sep 28 2021
Affirmative ActionCOVID-19Harassment & DiscriminationSafety and Health  

ALERT: Guidance released on federal contractor vaccine mandate

On September 24, 2021, the Biden administration released guidance on the new vaccine mandate for federal contractors, entitled COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors. The new guidance implements Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, issued by President Biden on September 9, 2021.…

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Sep 02 2021
Affirmative ActionHarassment & DiscriminationHiringWage and Hour  

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Both women and men benefit from recent OFCCP settlements

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced two financial settlements from federal contractors following routine affirmative action audits that revealed potential discrimination issues in their hiring processes. Interestingly, one company allegedly discriminated against women and the other company allegedly discriminated against men. Neither company admitted liability but…

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Aug 19 2021
COVID-19Harassment & Discrimination  

MONTANA: FAQs released regarding vaccine discrimination law

The Montana Department of Labor recently released a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning HB 702 (2021), which as we previously reported, prohibits employers and businesses from discriminating against individuals on the basis of vaccination status. The FAQs cover many topics and include the following key interpretations concerning the…

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Aug 19 2021
COVID-19DisabilityHarassment & DiscriminationSafety and Health  

Be aware of vaccine rules in your area

As some jurisdictions roll out mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 (coronavirus) for some workers, it’s important to keep an eye on requirements in your local area. Here’s a summary of where things stand as of today:   Federal requirements: On July 29, 2021, President Biden announced that federal agencies must require federal contractors who work on site at…

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May 24 2021
COVID-19Harassment & DiscriminationLeave LawsTermination & Resignation  

WASHINGTON: Governor grants worker protections related to COVID-19

On May 21, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 21-08 “Safe Workers,” which prohibits Washington employers from taking any adverse employment action as a result of a worker receiving a COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine or needing time off related to the worker’s own COVID-19 vaccination, exposure, or illness. Time off to take a family member…

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