OFCCP Published Updated National Veterans Hiring Benchmark

On June 15, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced the updated Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark. The benchmark, which is based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on March 4, 2016, has been updated from 7 percent to 6.9 percent. The updated benchmark, along with the effective dates can be found on the OFCCP website at:
https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/AnnualVEVRAABenchmarkEffectiveDates.htm.

Change in VETS-4212 Reporting Threshold for 2016 Filing

Recently the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) announced that the contract threshold requiring federal contractors to file the VETS-4212 Report was updated from $100,000 to $150,000. This increase is beginning with the 2016 filing period opening on August 1. The change is a result of the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council’s (FARC) review of the dollar threshold amounts in certain federal agency procurement related laws every five years in order to determine whether they need to be adjusted for inflation.

Proposed Revisions of the EEO-1 Report

On Friday January 29, 2016, President Obama and the EEOC announced proposed changes to the EEO-1 Report to include compensation data. The announcements were made on the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The proposal was published in today’s Federal Register, at:
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-01/pdf/2016-01544.pdf.

Final Rule on Pay Transparency

On September 11, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published the final rule on pay transparency in the Federal Register, revising the regulations found at 41 CFR 60-1. The final rule takes effect on January 11, 2016, 120 days from publication.

OFCCP Posts New FAQs on the Protected Veteran Infographic

On December 9, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) posted two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying the definition and interpretation of “Protected Veteran” and specifically the category of “Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran” as defined in VEVRAA.

OFCCP Settles with G&K Services Inc. for $1.8 Million

On November 18, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a settlement with nine locations of G&K Services, Inc. located throughout the country. The settlement resolves allegations of systemic hiring and pay discrimination, which includes a payment of $1,813,555 to a class of 444 female employees and 2,327 male, 111 Caucasian, and 456 African American applicants.