As we reported recently in our blog, on February 28 of this year, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 307, which strengthens its ability to identify and remedy contractor pay practices.[i] In an effort to explain the new investigative procedures, the OFCCP will be hosting a FREE webinar on Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EDT). According to the OFCCP, interested participants will learn more about the new Advisories, as well as have an opportunity to address questions about these actions. To register for the FREE webinar, visit the Office of Federal Contract Compliance website here.
As we noted in our earlier blog, the new guidance behind Directive 307 will provide the OFCCP with more leeway to investigate government contractor pay discrimination; all of which will further its ability to enforce employer pay practices which protect workers from federal laws against illegal employment discrimination. The new guidance will accomplish the following:
- Rescind two enforcement guidance documents on pay discrimination from 2006 known as the “Compensation Standards” and “Voluntary Guidelines” because they limited OFCCP’s ability to conduct full investigations and use every enforcement tool at its disposal to combat pay discrimination.[ii]
- Align OFCCP’s analysis of pay discrimination with the principles used to enforce the main federal law against employment discrimination — Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – just like in all other areas where OFCCP reviews contractor compliance under Executive Order 11246 (such as hiring, promotion or termination), and just as other federal agencies do. [ii]
- Improve and clarify OFCCP’s compensation investigation program, by providing the procedures, analysis, and protocols OFCCP will utilize when conducting compensation discrimination investigations going forward. [ii]
For those looking for additional information on Directive 307, you can visit the OFCCP here www.dol.gov/ofccp/CompGuidance/.
For assistance with OFCCP compliance issues, be sure to visit America’s Job Exchange here. As a leader in diversity recruiting and OFCCP job distribution services, we have valuable resources available to government contract employers.
[i] Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs, More Effective and Transparent Procedures for Investigating Pay Discrimination