This article is a companion to an article in the March 2015 edition of The OFCCP Digest. As we noted there, on October 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a new version of the scheduling letter and itemized listing that the agency sends to organizations at the start of... more
William A. Osterndorf is President and founder of HR Analytical Services and has been working with affirmative action/equal opportunity issues for the last 25 years in the public and private sectors. Bill specializes in... more
Just as in cooking, an Affirmative Action Program (AAP) is only as good as each of its ingredients. The most important ingredient in a successful AAP is good data. Federal contractors would be wise to spend more time understanding this ingredient before they begin mixing in others... more
As Director of Regulatory Affairs for Berkshire Associates Inc., Lynn Clements provides guidance on regulatory strategies, and conducts analyses and expert interpretation of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) policies and... more
Discrimination cases are essentially “games” of making relevant, suitable, or valid comparisons between suitable, valid, or appropriate comparator(s). While anti-discrimination laws do not define discrimination in a comparative sense, comparators have had... more
Soul Cherradi, HR Compliance Manager at BP, has experience defending a large number of OFCCP audits and EEOC charges. Soul has 20 years of experience on the corporate side where he held roles in Compliance, HR, Employee Relations, Labor... more
I am frequently asked for examples of the benefits derived by companies who hire Individuals with Disabilities (IWDs) and Veterans. Often this question comes from an Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) Manager who is looking for support from staffing... more
As a Senior HR Consultant at Berkshire Associates, with over 27 years experience in the industry, Cindy Karrow, SPHR, is recognized as a leading affirmative action compliance expert. She specializes in developing... more
LGBT Workplace Discrimination Order Goes into Effect
On April 8, President Obama’s LGBT Workplace Discrimination Executive Order became effective. Signed by the President on July 21, 2014, the executive order bans federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. The new law also provides protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees of government contractors. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's OFCCP website.
May marks the 16th annual National Military Appreciation Month, a commemorative month designated by Congress in 1999 as a way to honor the nation’s past and present military members. The month includes a variety of military-centric commemorations, such as Loyalty Day (May 1), Victory in Europe (“VE”) Day (May 8), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 8), Armed Forces Day (May 16), and Memorial Day (May 25). For more information on how you can support active military members and veterans, visit www.nmam.org.
Making History: A DOL Fast Fact
As the first Secretary of Labor for the Department of Labor (DOL), Scottish native William B. Wilson had quite an impressive career background. After working in the Pennsylvania coal mines at the age of 9, he became the secretary of his local union by age 14. Later, he helped found the United Mine Workers and became a U.S. Representative for the state of Pennsylvania. His chief initiatives included advocating for eight-hour workdays, and labor rights for women and minorities. Wilson also led the nation’s defense production efforts during World War I.
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