OFCCP Webinar Outlines Why New Audit Protocol for Pay Discrimination Benefits Workers

“Pay discrimination is a real and persistent problem in the American workforce and an important policy issue. If our efforts are complemented by robust voluntary compliance by employers doing an in-depth analysis of their practices and how they apply in addressing issues, then that is going to make a real difference in people's lives,” Pamela … Continue reading OFCCP Webinar Outlines Why New Audit Protocol for Pay Discrimination Benefits Workers

Unemployment Drops to New Low of 7.6 Percent, While US Employers Only Add 88,000 Jobs in March

There is mixed news, yet again, on the jobs front on the heels of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) March jobs report. While the unemployment rate edged down from 7.7 percent to 7.6 percent, employers added only 88,000 jobs in March. This is anemic growth, and far below the average … Continue reading Unemployment Drops to New Low of 7.6 Percent, While US Employers Only Add 88,000 Jobs in March

OFCCP to Host FREE Webinar on March 22 to Provide Overview, Answer Questions Concerning Directive 307

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 … Continue reading OFCCP to Host FREE Webinar on March 22 to Provide Overview, Answer Questions Concerning Directive 307

Part 5 of our Unemployment Series – Older Workers Show Better Rates of Unemployment, Yet Remain Unemployed Long-Term if Unemployed

On the positive side, on average, older workers (those aged 55 and over) show lower rates of unemployment; however, if unemployed experience longer durations of unemployment compared to their younger counterparts, according to a report on unemployed older workers. [i] In the final of our blog series on unemployment amongst American work groups, we explore … Continue reading Part 5 of our Unemployment Series – Older Workers Show Better Rates of Unemployment, Yet Remain Unemployed Long-Term if Unemployed

OFCCP Issues Directive 306 – Reinforces Best Practices on Use of Criminal Records When Making Employment Decisions

In its ongoing effort to enact policies that prohibit intentional discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, or other protected groups, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a new directive on January 29, 2013, Directive 306. Directive 306 cautions Federal Contractors to be mindful when making employment decisions based on criminal … Continue reading OFCCP Issues Directive 306 – Reinforces Best Practices on Use of Criminal Records When Making Employment Decisions

Part 4 of our Unemployment Series – American Youths Continue to be Prone to High Rates of Unemployment

As we continue our series on unemployment, we take a closer look at American youths. Unemployment continues to impact all sectors of the labor market; however, its critical impact on American youths, or those aged 16 to 24, cannot be discounted. While overall employment has improved year over year (last reported at 7.9 percent in … Continue reading Part 4 of our Unemployment Series – American Youths Continue to be Prone to High Rates of Unemployment

Part 3 of our Unemployment Series – Exploring the Disparity in Unemployment with African American Workers

During the past month we’ve taken a close look at the unemployment situation and its impact on vital labor sectors including veterans and disabled Americans. In part three of our series, we dissect the African American employment situation. Like several diverse working groups, African American unemployment is higher than the national average, or at 13.8 … Continue reading Part 3 of our Unemployment Series – Exploring the Disparity in Unemployment with African American Workers