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The OFCCP strikes, puts State Street’s pay inequity problem out on Front Street

Well known asset management company State Street Corporation will pay $5 million to settle allegations of pay inequity raised by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in an audit. OFFCP alleged that the company paid female executives less than men and black executives less than whites at its Boston headquarters. The landmark settlement agreement is the largest back pay settlement collected by OFCCP since 2015.

By way of background, OFCCP audits federal contractors and subcontractors for compliance with workplace affirmative action and nondiscrimination requirements. OFCCP conducted a compensation analysis of State Street’s downtown Boston office in December 2012. …

For Many, “It’s That Time of Year”: Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) Revision

Many federal contractors and subcontractors use a calendar year for their written affirmative action plans (AAP’s). That means their AAP’s are typically being reviewed and revised shortly after January 1. Working with companies over the years to help them develop and revise AAP’s and advising companies during OFCCP audits, we have come to appreciate the challenges for contractors in the process. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you revise your AAP’s:

  1. It’s Not Just "Boilerplate"

Too often, contractors revising AAP’s simply "run the numbers" for the required statistical analysis and then put the plan back on …

OFCCP Director Shiu Outlines Agency Objectives

Speaking on July 27 to the Industry Liaison Group’s 29th Annual National Conference to an audience of human resources professionals for the nation’s top companies, the Office of Contract Compliance Director Patricia Shiu emphasized the OFCCP’s top initiatives. She stated that the OFCCP will focus on pay equity and compensation discrimination and affirmative action for military veterans and persons with disabilities. The OFCCP issued proposed rule-making establishing “benchmarks” for recruiting and hiring of veterans in April 2011 and is presently evaluating the comments it received. Shiu characterized those as benchmarks rather than quotas or ceilings.…

OFCCP Proposes New Affirmative-Action Rules for Veterans

On April 25, 2011, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced a proposed rule to increase the affirmative action obligations federal contractors and subcontractors owe to veterans. It was published in the Federal Register on April 26 to allow for a 60-day comment period and will likely generate significant discussion among both contractor and veterans groups.

Some of the changes simply clean up regulatory language which is no longer accurate and others clarify existing obligations. The most controversial changes, however, add some rather significant data collection, monitoring, recruitment and hiring obligations. As the DOL’s news release …