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    Government Compliance - OFCCP: Friend or Foe?
by Ahmed Younies and Jacquelyn Peterson - Oct, 2015
Many employers approach being a federal contractor based on what they read or hear...enforcement, audit, penalties, etc. Ahmed Younies, President and CEO of HR Unlimited, Inc., shares his perspective on how employers should approach being a federal contractor and subcontractor, and it might surprise you. Government Compliance is where you'll hear hot topics about Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Planning, an...
    Management Decisions - Moms vs. Dads at Work
by Shirley Engelmeier and Tim Muma - Jul, 2015
The subject of a gender gap is often discussed, but Tim Muma takes a look at another potential discrepancy between the sexes when they become parents. Joining LJNRadio to examine moms and dads at work is Shirley Engelemeier, CEO of InclusionINC and the author of "Becoming an Inclusive Leader and Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage." Shirley explains the differences found in pay and expectations, and the reason th...
    Management Decisions - Myths About Hiring Individuals With Disabilities
by Felicia M. Nurmsen and Cady Chesney - Jan, 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities by eliminating barriers to their participation in many aspects of living and working in America, and also prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. However, there are many myths surrounding hiring these individuals. Felicia Nurmsen, President and CEO of Inclusive Workforce St...
    Government Compliance - New OFCCP Directive on Transgender and Gender Identity Status
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. and Tim Muma - Sep, 2014
On August 19, 2014, OFCCP finally issued a Directive on Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination that clearly acknowledged that gender discrimination under Executive Order 11246 covers discrimination on the basis of transgender and gender identity status. Sandra Scott Zeigler, Esq., a recognized authority on Federal EEO enforcement with 25 years of experience divided equally between the EEOC and OFCCP, sheds light on this top...
  The OFCCP Digest Volume 6, Issue 6
by Local JobNetwork™ - Jun, 2016
OFCCP’s Pay Transparency Rules Contain Traps For The Unwary by Brian Bulger, Esq. On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13...
  DOL Passes Sweeping Changes to FLSA Exempt Salary Level
by Jenny Nelson - Jun, 2016
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, or stranded on a desert island, you have likely heard the news that the Department of Labor (DOL) recently modified the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempt classification salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week. We can thank the FLSA for several of the most critical worker protections in place today. The FLSA established the federal minimum wa...
  Construction Contractors' Compliance with OFCCP's Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans Requirements
by Pamela Ploor, Esq. - Jun, 2016
A common misunderstanding among federal construction contractors is that they never have to prepare written affirmative action plans (AAPs). They often base this on their not having to prepare written AAPs for minorities and women under Executive Order 11246. Unlike supply and service contractors, construction contractors do not prepare written AAPs for women and minorities, as discussed in last month's artic...
  OFCCP’s Pay Transparency Rules Contain Traps For The Unwary
by Brian Bulger, Esq. - Jun, 2016
I. OFCCP’S “PAY TRANSPARENCY” RULE On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13665, which amended Section 202 of Executive Order 11246. Exec. Order No. 13665, 79 C.F.R. 20749 (Apr. 11, 2014). The purpose of Executive Order 13665 is to encourage greater pay transparency and openness by prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discharging or discriminating against employ...
  OFCCP Internet Applicant Turns 10
by Carla Irwin, Esq. - Jun, 2016
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) Internet Applicant Rule. Hiring violations still top the charts for financial settlements; so it is worth making sure your organization understands and is implementing the rule accurately and consistently. Here are the top three pieces of advice I give to my clients: first, develop basic qualifications;...
  The OFCCP Digest Volume 6, Issue 5
by Local JobNetwork™ - May, 2016
What is a Hire from OFCCP’s Perspective? by Bill Osterndorf Every month, the Department of Labor (DOL) releases a report concer...
  Brass Light Gallery: A Disability-Forward Success Story
by Amy Wozniak - May, 2016
Perhaps a physical or developmental disability affects someone you know personally. It could also be that you know someone with a disability in your professional life, if you work for a disability-forward company. Recent statistics point to the fact that one out of every five adults has a disability. Under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, a person is defined as having a disability if: He or s...
  Attention Construction Contractors: Are Your Affirmative Action Steps Consistent with Executive Order 11246?
by Pamela Ploor, Esq. - May, 2016
Last fall, OFCCP was expected to publish in May 2016 proposed revisions to Executive Order 11246's affirmative action requirements for federal and federally-assisted construction contractors and subcontractors. OFCCP last updated its construction contractor regulations decades ago in the 1970s. The likelihood of OFCCP updating its regulations before the end of the Obama Administration is fading, especially...
  What is a Hire from OFCCP’s Perspective?
by Bill Osterndorf - May, 2016
Every month, the Department of Labor (DOL) releases a report concerning jobs that were added to the economy. The report released at the start of May 2016 indicated that approximately 160,000 jobs were added. Many articles about this report commented on the reduced level of hiring that occurred in April as compared to previous months, and focused on the fact that the U.S. has been experiencing strong hirin...
  Beyond Pregnancy: The New PDA
by Marilynn L. Schuyler, Esq. - May, 2016
The reach of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act has expanded in recent years, most notably when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its regulatory guidance on July 14, 2014. In subsequent years, the courts have added additional interpretation and clarification. And many employers have been caught off guard. Background The origin of the prohibition on pregnancy discriminatio...
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