Extending Employment Opportunities to Protected Veterans

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on November 10 2017

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was first celebrated November 11, 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. November 11 officially became a national holiday in 1938.

Minimum Wage Under Executive Order 13658 Increased to $10.35

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on October 2 2017

The minimum required wage for certain federal contractors and subcontractors will increase on January 1, 2018, from $10.20 to $10.35 per hour. Executive Order 13658 requires employers with certain federal contracts pay employees performing work on or associated with the contracts to be paid at least the federal minimum wage for contractors.

DOL Appeals ALJ’s Ruling in Google Compensation Data Fight

Posted by Brian LaCour on September 12 2017

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) filed an appeal with the Administrative Review Board (ARB), officially challenging a recent decision denying the agency access to some of the documents it sought as part of its highly-publicized review of the compensation practices at Google Inc.’s headquarters location.

ALJ Hands Google a Partial Victory in Battle with DOL Over Access to Broad Pay Data

Posted by Brian LaCour on July 21 2017

On July 14, 2017, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Steven Berlin issued a recommended administrative decision in the publicity-generating case between Google and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). For those who have been following along, you know OFCCP sued Google in early January for access to additional employee pay data and employee contact information for more than 20,000 employees as part of a routine compliance review of Google’s headquarters.

Court Ruled Against Prince George’s County, Maryland in Pay Discrimination Case

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on June 23 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled an Equal Pay Act (EPA) claim with Prince George’s County’s Department of Environment (DOE). This settlement is another example of the continued regulatory focus on pay equity which highlights the agency’s efforts to ferret out individual cases of pay discrimination. Equal pay is of one of six national priorities currently outlined in the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan.

OFCCP and Kappler, Inc. Settle Steering Claims

Posted by Rachel Rubino, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on May 26 2017

In May 2017, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) entered into a conciliation agreement with Guntersville, AL protective clothing supplier Kappler, Inc., to settle allegations of steering within its hiring process. The agreement alleges that between December 2012 and December 2014, Kappler, Inc. failed to consider female applicants for Cutter and Floor Worker positions, while placing only female applicants in Sewer positions.

Platinum or Gold:  DOL Announces New Program Under HIRE Vets Act

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on May 12 2017

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new program under the recently signed HIRE Vets Act to recognize employers taking a proactive approach to recruiting and employing Veterans. When announcing the program, newly appointed Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said, “…veterans have a wide range of abilities that make them tremendous assets for the American economy and for any employer.”

Trump Appoints Victoria Lipnic as EEOC’s New Acting Chair

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on January 26 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on January 25, 2017, that President Trump appointed Commissioner Victoria Lipnic as the Acting Chairperson. Lipnic replaces Chair Jenny Yang who began as a Commissioner in 2013, and was appointed Chair by President Obama in 2014. This type of change is typical as a new Administration begins to take shape and appointments are made. Yang remains an EEOC Commissioner and according to EEOC’s website her term ends July 1, 2017.