The Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it will be having a series of town halls to provide compliance assistance and to receive feedback from government contractors about their experiences in dealing with compliance requirements.
- Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
Fair pay and safe workplaces rule becomes effective on October 25
Times are a changing—especially for government contractors and sex discrimination
Bob Dylan’s 1964 hit song “The Times They Are a-Changin’” is called to mind upon reading the OFCCP’s final rule about sex discrimination. (The OFCCP is the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the agency within the U.S. Department of Labor that enforces various anti-discrimination policies imposed on government contractors.)
If you are a government contractor that operates on a calendar-year basis (January 1 to December 31), don’t forget to review and update your affirmative action plan (AAP).
Final rule issued about pay transparency for government contractors
On September 11, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a final rule that prevents government contractors from having pay secrecy or confidentiality policies. Specifically, the rule prohibits discharging or otherwise discriminating against an employee or applicant because the employee or applicant inquired about, discussed, or disclosed the compensation of the employee or any other employee. But the rule allows contractors to require human resources personnel (who have access to employee compensation information as part of their job responsibilities) to keep such compensation information confidential.