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How to Prepare for OFCCP Compensation Manager Interviews (And Why You Should)
by Scott Pechaitis, Esq.

As the persistent “wage gap” continues to make headlines, the Obama Administration has its sights set on eradicating pay discrimination. The directive from the White House to EEOC and OFCCP is, “We know pay discrimination exists – go find it.” As a result, OFCCP has sharpened the tools in its compensation investigation toolbox... more

Scott Pechaitis Scott Pechaitis, Esq. is a Shareholder in Jackson Lewis' national Affirmative Action & OFCCP Defense practice group. He works closely with Jackson Lewis' in-house statisticians and data analysts in conducting EEO pay analyses, preparing affirmative... more

Surveying Applicants and Employees
by Jacquelyn Peterson

Federal contractors and subcontractors must survey applicants and employees for gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, and disability status. The data collected from the surveys is used for creating statistical reports to analyze employment patterns and is used in the employer’s Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)... more

Jacquelyn PetersonJacquelyn Peterson is a Director with She has extensive experience helping employers with all aspects of recruiting and offers OFCCP government compliance solutions for small... more

Sorting Out the Confusion of Applicant Tracking Codes
by Debra Milstein Gardner

You are probably thinking “Oh no - another article about applicant tracking codes?” I fully understand; however, I ask one simple question. How many of you are as befuddled as I am regarding the countless verbiage applied to applicant tracking codes? Disposition codes, status codes, stages, rejection reason codes. Are these... more

Debra Milstein GardnerDebra Milstein Gardner founded Workplace Dynamics LLC as a women-owned and operated human resources consulting firm in 1990. Debra has 35 years of experience gained while working in the public and private sectors in various human... more

Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order
by Alissa Horvitz, Esq.

On July 31, 2014, President Obama released Executive Order 13673, known as the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The theme of the Executive Order is that when the U.S. federal government is going to use taxpayer dollars to buy goods and services from government contractor companies, the... more

Alissa Horvitz, Esq. Ms. Horvitz, Esq. is co-chair of Littler’s OFCCP Practice Group. She provides advice and counsel to government contractors and subcontractors regarding their compliance obligations under... more

Lessons Learned from OFCCP’s Budget Request for FY 2016
by Ahmed Younies

President Obama has just a bit over 18 months left in office. Consequently so does the OFCCP—in its current incarnation, that is. Once Mr. Obama leaves office, there will likely be a new Director, and the OFCCP will subsequently reflect shifting priorities. How much those priorities shift, of course, will depend on who gets voted... more

Ahmed Younies Ahmed Younies has built human resources infrastructures for small-size companies as well as for mid-size to Fortune 500 companies. He has worked for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), enforcing compliance as a... more

OFCCP Decreases VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark to 7 Percent

As a result of its annual review of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark, OFCCP recently changed the national veterans hiring benchmark to 7 percent – which is slightly less than the previous benchmark of 7.2 percent. OFCCP also updated the national and state information for federal contractors and subcontractors who use an individualized hiring benchmark. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.

EEOC Proposes Rule on Company Wellness Programs

Last month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on employer wellness programs. The proposed rule aims to change the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and interpretive guidance for company health programs. The rule, if enacted, would enforce regulations such as:
  • Ensuring that all wellness programs are voluntary
  • Mandating that medical information obtained as part of a wellness program must be kept confidential
  • Requiring companies to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities to participate in a wellness program
A public comment period for the proposed rule is open until June 19, 2015.

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Making History: A DOL Fast Fact

In May of 1915, Woodrow Wilson’s appointed Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner, Royal Meeker, introduced a journal called the Monthly Review (which was later changed to the Monthly Labor Review). The monthly journal, which is still in publication today, included details on the labor force and economy, along with recent statistics on employment, inflation, productivity, wages, and occupational-related injuries and illnesses.

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