The OFCCP has issued three additional directives. Directive 2019–02 outlines the process the OFCCP will use for early resolution of identified violations. With the Early Resolution Procedures or ERP, OFCCP and contractors with multiple establishments can agree to resolve problems quickly with a variety of actions, dependent upon the identified violation.
In their fiscal year 2018 reports, the EEOC and OFCCP report combined monetary settlements of $521 million to victims of workplace discrimination. It was reported that $505 million in funds were paid to settle EEOC complaints, benefiting almost 68,000 people. An additional $16.4 million was paid to 12,000 workers based on findings by the OFCCP, primarily in the area of compensation violations.
On Monday, Craig Leen, Acting Director of OFCCP, issued a National Exemption (NIE) Memorandum to federal contracting agencies notifying them to grant a limited exemption to new supply and service or construction contracts specifically created to provide Hurricane Michael relief. This relief effort is similar to what was done with new federal contracts to provide relief for Hurricane Florence last month.
On Monday, September 17, 2018, Craig Leen, Acting Director of OFCCP, issued a National Exemption (NIE) Memorandum to federal contracting agencies notifying them to grant a limited exemption to new supply and service or construction contracts specifically created to provide Hurricane Florence relief.
Ondray Harris, Director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance (OFCCP), will be stepping down from that position effective Friday, July 27, according to Bloomberg News. Mr. Harris was appointed to this position in December 2017.
In December 2017, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) filed a lawsuit against several big businesses alleging age discrimination with the use of their social media advertising. Just recently the CWA added more companies to their list. The December suit named Amazon, T-Mobile, Cox Communications, and Cox Media Group. The recent amendment included Ikea and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
The filing deadline for the 2017 EEO-1 report has been extended to Friday, June 1, 2018. Employers initially had until March 31, 2018, to file the report also known as the Employer Information Report. The EEOC’s website has been updated to confirm the extension and can be found at https://www.eeoc.gov/employers/reporting.cfm.
The Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act hiring benchmark for Veterans has changed to 6.4% effective March 31, 2018. This is the fifth time the Veteran hiring benchmark has been lowered since the requirement was first put in place by the OFCCP in 2014. Companies with affirmative action plan dates of March 31, 2018, or later should use the new hiring benchmark to measure Veteran hiring during the upcoming plan year. Below is a list of the previous Veteran hiring benchmarks, with effective dates.