EEOC Delivers $2 Million Consent Decree to UPS

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on August 11 2017

United Parcel Service (UPS) has agreed to settle a nationwide lawsuit filed in 2009 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The settlement agreement will pay $2 million to approximately 70 current and former UPS employees who were alleged victims of disability discrimination. Read the EEOC Press Release issued August 8, 2017.

OFCCP Settles Reasonable Accommodation Class Claims with Federal Contractor

Posted by Rachel Rubino, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on April 5 2017

In March 2017 Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) entered into a conciliation agreement with American Ordnance, LLC to resolve violations of failure to provide reasonable accommodations to Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) at the company’s Middletown, Iowa production facility. While many OFCCP conciliation agreements result from standard compliance reviews, these violations came out of an investigation of a disability complaint filed by an American Ordnance, LLC employee. This initial complaint was expanded by the OFCCP’s Chicago District Office, Midwest Region, to include a class of individuals with disabilities employed at the ammunition manufacturer who were denied accommodations and reinstatement during the review period.

Getting Your Workforce to Self-Identify as Disabled

Posted by Liz Balconi, PHR, SHRM-CP, M.A., Managing Consultant on February 13 2017

In the last two years, federal contractors started tracking and reporting the workforce percentage that self-identified as being an Individual with a Disability (IWD). Time and time again, we hear from employers that applicants and current employees are unlikely or uncomfortable providing their disability status as part of the employment process. Employers are consistently reporting low numbers of employees who self-identified as an IWD.

Updated Disability Self-Identification Form Must be Implemented Immediately

Posted by Kristyn Hurley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Managing Consultant on February 10 2017

The Office of Management Budget (OMB) has renewed the voluntary self-identification form federal contractors must use to solicit disability status information from applicants and employees. The new form was approved without change and is valid until January 31, 2020. Federal contractors are required to either download the renewed form(s) or update their electronic version(s) of the form to reflect the new OMB approval expiration date.

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.

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:

Disability Etiquette: Tips for Interacting with Individuals with Disabilities

Posted by Lauren Collinson, Senior Communications Specialist on November 2 2016

According to the American with Disability Act, an Individual with a Disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. Taking this definition into account, it is no surprise Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) make up the largest minority group in the country.

The EEO-1 2016 Filing Cycle is Coming to an End: Are You Prepared?

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on September 21 2016

Companies who are required to file EEO-1s must file their reports by September 30, 2016. The desired method for filing EEO-1s is by entering the data into the EEO-1 website or generating an electronic upload file. For companies who have been filing by an electronic upload file, there is an exciting new development.

OFCCP Review: Audits and What to Expect

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs on July 28 2016

While the rest of the world slows down for summer, activity at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) seems to be heating up as the agency enters the last three months of its final full fiscal year of the Obama Administration—which closes September 30.