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Discrimination No Longer Rampant, But Still Exists, Experts Tell EEOC
EEOC Chair Berrien (center) with Commissioners Feldblum (left) and Lipnic
By Paul Scicchitano

WASHINGTON - Discrimination may no longer exist as blatantly as it did prior to the passage of America's Civil Rights Law of 1964, but it still exists in today's workplace, primarily with respect to hiring decisions, a panel of experts told the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  (EEOC) here recently.
   

"Unfortunately, research indicates that this vital employment process is particularly vulnerable to employers' tendencies to make biased decisions," testified Marc Bendick, Jr., an economist with Bendick and Egan Economic Consultants, Inc. "While post-hiring decisions such as raises and promotions can be based on months or years of observation of an employee's on-the-job performance, hiring decisions are typically guided by only limited information obtained primarily from a short application form and brief interviews."


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Wal-Mart Prevails in Historic Discrimination Lawsuit
Wal-Mart Prevails in Historic Discrimination Lawsuit
By Paul Scicchitano

WASHINGTON - In what has been described as the largest action of its kind, the US Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling on an historic class action lawsuit brought on behalf of some 1.5 million current and former female associates of Wal-Mart.

The high court's ruling opens the floodgates for a deluge of individual or even regional discrimination lawsuits against the nation's largest private employer but dismisses the possibility of a single class-action lawsuit, which could have cost billions and established an unsettling precedent for other employers.
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Wal-Mart's Wake; EEOC Braces for Torrent    
EEOC Commissioner Stuart J. Ishimaru Braces for What Could Be Torrent of New Cases

 

WASHINGTON - National companies may be breathing a collective sigh of relief over the Supreme Court ruling in the Wal-Mart case, while the decision is likely to have little or no impact on small- and medium-sized businesses. But the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), on the other hand, is bracing for what could be a torrent of new cases.
 


In reversing an historic class action lawsuit brought on behalf of some 1.5 million current and former female associates of the nation's largest private employer, the Court effectively opened the possibility for thousands - or even hundreds of thousands - of individual charges to be filed with the government agency.  

 

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OFCCP Takes Wraps Off New FAAP

OFCCP Director Shiu Declares FAAP is Back 

By Paul Scicchitano


WASHINGTON - After warning contractors for months not to follow previous guidelines with respect to Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) agreements, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has released a new directive to outline the process by which federal supply and service contractors can once again apply for such agreements.

"The FAAP is back and is better than before," declares OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu in announcing the release on June 28. "Over the past year, I have listened to comments from the contractor community and employee groups, and determined that this is a useful tool for ensuring that federal contractors and subcontractors meet their obligations to provide equal employment opportunity for everyone."


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The New EEO Source
Discrimination No Longer Rampant, But Still Exists, Experts Tell EEOC
Wal-Mart Prevails in Historic Discrimination Lawsuit
Wal-Mart's Wake; EEOC Braces for Torrent
OFCCP Takes Wraps Off New FAAP
Once Behind Bars; Must Employers Now Take Risk on Former Inmates?
Dodd-Frank Gives Diversity Seat at Contractors' Table
Summer Reading; Don't Forget to Pack Your Comments
Overbooked, Overjoyed! OFCCP Recalls 860 Scheduling Letters
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Once Behind Bars; Must Employers Now Take Risk on Former Inmates?
Once Behind Bars; Must Employers Now Take Risk on Former Inmates?

By Paul Scicchitano
WASHINGTON - The debate over employment rights for former inmates and people with arrest records appears to be moving to a national stage.

Dodd-Frank Gives Diversity Seat at Contractors' Table 

Dodd-Frank Gives Diversity Seat at Contractors' Table 

By Allen B. Roberts and Frederick C. Dawkins
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While the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 has gotten lots of attention in financial circles, many federal contractors are simply not yet aware that they may soon be subject to a new diversity requirement...

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Summer Reading; Don't Forget to Pack Your Comments

Summer Reading; Don't Forget to Pack Your Comments  

While you may be looking forward to that much deserved summer getaway, you might want to use some of that time on the beach to submit your comments on three important government proposals... 

     

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Overbooked,
 Overjoyed! OFCCP Recalls 860 Scheduling Letters
   

Citing a busier than expected auditing schedule, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has taken the unusual step of recalling 860 scheduling letters.  

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has taken the unusual step of recalling 860 scheduling letters. 

     

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