EEOC Confirms a New Chair

Posted by Liz Balconi, PHR, SHRM-CP, M.A., Managing Consultant on May 10 2019

This week, after a nearly two-year wait, the U.S. Senate confirmed Janet Dhillon as EEOC Chair. Her confirmation finally gives the EEOC governing body a quorum—but there are still two open seats. Dhillon joins Democrat Charlotte Burrows, whose term ends on July 1, 2019, and Republican Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic, a Republican whose term ends on July 1, 2020.

Supreme Court Takes Up Two Cases

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on April 25 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take on two issues that directly impact Federal Contractors this week. The first case is based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and debates the question of if that statue extends anti-discrimination provisions based on sexual orientation or transgender status. Federal appeals courts have come to opposing conclusions on this provision, from New York, Georgia, and Illinois.

 

View FREE Webinar on Creating Required Auditing & Reporting Process

Posted by January Mallory on February 28 2019

RECORDED: March 2019

If you were not able to tune in for the first three webinars in the Section 503 compliance webinar series, you definitely do not want to miss this next one titled Creating Required Auditing & Reporting Process. On March 13, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. EST, Sonia Chapin, Managing Consultant and Audit Advisor at Berkshire Associates, will discuss the requirement contractors have to monitor and report on their Affirmative Action efforts for Individuals with a Disability, and the responsibility to correct for deficiencies in their program should they exist. Contractors will learn steps they can take to satisfy the requirement, including best practices for documenting the actions taken to comply. Sonia will also discuss how to respond to OFCCP’s request for records during a compliance review.

Register for a Free Webinar on Conducting a Mental & Physical Job Qualifications Review

Posted by January Mallory on February 25 2019

Join us on March 6 from 1-1:30 p.m. EST when Rachel Rubino, Senior Consultant and Audit Advisor at Berkshire Associates, will discuss contractors’ requirement to review physical and mental job qualification standards to ensure that they do not screen out qualified Individuals with Disabilities. Contractors will learn steps they can take to show that the qualifications are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Rachel will also review best practices for documentation and responding to OFCCP questions related to this requirement.

OFCCP recently announced it would conduct focused reviews of federal contractors’ Section 503 compliance during its Fiscal Year 2019 scheduling cycle. The agency also checks

FREE Webinar on Requesting Voluntary Self-ID of Disability Status, and Conducting the Employee Survey

Posted by January Mallory on February 20 2019

In this 30-minute free webinar on February 27, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., Berkshire’s President, Beth Ronnenburg will share with attendees best practices for creating and conducting an employee survey to encourage employees to self-identify as a person with a disability.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted by Sybil Randolph, SPHR, SHRM-CP on December 19 2018

Yes, it’s that time again, to reflect on all the accomplishments of the year and those things that despite the best of intentions, were still left undone. Through several happy meetings and scary ghost stories of AAPs past, coworkers have told you to be of good cheer. So, let’s take a look at your list to see if you will be caroling at the holiday dinner party or cleaning coal from your desk.

Workers Receive over $520 Million in FY18

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on November 21 2018

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.

Scary Audit Stories

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on October 26 2018

Just in time for Halloween, OFCCP has been busy with what some may think are scary activities. Contractors with locations on the latest CSAL list are beginning to receive the initial phone calls to schedule their compliance reviews. The scheduling letters were said to start being mailed out on October 22, 2018.

Hope Solo Strikes Again at the Women’s Pay Gap

Posted by Suzanne Keys, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant on August 31 2018

Hope Solo, a former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has filed a lawsuit in California Federal Court against the U.S. Soccer Federation for violating the Equal Pay Act.

Cosmetics Maker Settles Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted by Michiko Clark, Associate HR Consultant on August 1 2018

The EEOC recently announced a settlement with the cosmetics maker Estée Lauder for $1.1 million. The cosmetic giant was charged with discriminating against male employees by providing less paid leave and related benefits after the birth or adoption of a new child, than what was provided to female employees.