LexisNexis Settles OFCCP Pay Discrimination Allegations

Posted by Katie Johnson, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Consultant on January 18 2017

According to a press release from Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), on January 12, 2017, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, while not admitting liability, agreed to pay over $1.2 million in back pay and interest to settle claims by OFCCP that it paid women less than men in Operational Leadership roles at the Company’s Boca Raton, FL and Alpharetta, GA locations. The Company also agreed to pay $45,000 in salary adjustments to women in Operational Leadership roles at its Boca Raton, FL location. Finally, the Company agreed to review their pay policies and to conduct a compensation analysis annually through the duration of the conciliation agreement.

How to Handle Temporary Staff in Your AAP

Posted by Andrea Csordas, PHR, SHRM-CP on January 13 2017

You hired a staffing firm to provide you with entry level workers to manufacture screws for a 3-month government contract you just won. You will not recruit, hire, fire, supervise, or discipline the employees. There might be a longer term opportunity for them after the three months if the contract gets extended. While this solution solves your labor supply concerns, you also need to consider other compliance issues. For example, what should you do when it comes to your Annual Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)? Should these workers be included in your AAP?

OFCCP Quietly Settles Some Interesting Cases in 2016

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on January 11 2017

Contrary to popular belief that Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) publicizes all its settlements, the agency’s webpage sheds light on quite a wide array of 2016 conciliation agreements that were uncommon, and never made it to the press.

What Happens When You Google: Google and OFCCP?

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on January 6 2017

What happens when you google: “Google and OFCCP?” As of January 4, 2017, your search results will pull up the following headlines: 

Google sued by Labor Department over compensation data
USA TODAY-Jan 4, 2017
Google Stands Up to OFCCP in Compensation Lawsuit
SHRM-9 hours ago
Google gives up YOUR private data to US govt – but won't hand ...
The Register-22 hours ago
Google Faces Labor Department Lawsuit Over Pay Data
Bloomberg BNA-19 hours ago

Preparing for 2017 – New Year’s AAP Resolutions

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on January 6 2017

We made it! We made it to 2017 and it is time to look at what’s ahead. My crystal ball is still a bit cloudy about what is in store once the new administration takes over on January 20th. However, it is clear that we are not likely to see changes in Affirmative Action regulations for a while—at least not until a new Director of OFCCP is appointed. We have to assume that the agency will operate as is under the Interim Acting Director, Tom Dowd. We also have to keep in mind that right before Patricia Shiu left the OFCCP Director role in November, she added a new Senior Executive Service (SES) level position in the National Office, Director of Enforcement, placing Marika Litras in the role. Judging from some recent press releases and other activity, the OFCCP still intends to vigorously enforce the existing requirements.

DOL Issues Final Rule Updating Apprenticeship Program Equal Employment Opportunity Regulations

Posted by Rachel Rubino, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on December 29 2016

On December 19, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule updating the guidelines that dictate how employers ensure equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship programs. These updated regulations are intended to help businesses reach larger and more diverse groups of workers, and expand protected bases beyond race, color, religion, national origin, and sex to include disability, age, sexual orientation, and genetic information. 

EEOC Issues Resource Document on Rights of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

Posted by Suzanne Keys, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant on December 27 2016

Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a user-friendly resource document aimed at advising employees and job applicants with mental health conditions of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During the fiscal year 2016, the EEOC saw a large uptick in the number of discrimination charges based on mental health conditions. EEOC resolved almost 5,000 charges and obtained approximately $20 million for individuals with mental health conditions who were denied employment or reasonable accommodation.

Are Your Hiring Practices an Anti-trust Violation?

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on December 21 2016

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published guidance to alert Human Resources professionals of the risks of entering into agreements with competitors about employment terms and to provide guidance for safeguarding against the violations.  According to the guidance, when competing employers establish “no poaching” agreements for each other’s employees, it may be a violation of U.S. anti-trust laws.

Wrapping up the AAP Year – What do I do now?

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on December 15 2016

It is time to wrap up 2016 and put a bow around it. This has been an eventful year for many reasons—one of which was the impact of increased pressure on federal contractors and sub-contractors from OFCCP. Many of you have Affirmative Action Programs (AAP) that are effective January 1, 2017. As you wrap up 2016 here are some issues to keep in mind:

White Paper: Big Companies, Big Industries: Recruitment Management

Posted by Coriana Spencer, HR Industry Writer and Blogger on December 14 2016

The national unemployment rate is expected to further dwindle to 4.4%. While this is great for the economy, large companies face the unintended consequence of finding the right talent in a candidate-driven market. Specifically, the finance, healthcare, and manufacturing industries face unique issues around the scarcity of talent.