U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 200 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20210 1-866-4-USA-DOL 1-866-487-2365 www.dol.gov

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updates To the Functional Affirmative Action Program

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updates To the Functional Affirmative Action Program

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today released an opinion letter and FAQs to further the Department’s efforts to increase the transparency and effectiveness of compliance assistance to help contractors meet their responsibilities for equal employment opportunity.

OFCCP’s latest FAQs cover the Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) recently reauthorized by the Office of Management and Budget, and an accompanying revised directive regarding FAAPs.  These FAQs provide further clarity on definitions related to FAAPs, as well as the application and maintenance of FAAP agreements. The Agency also issued an opinion letter clarifying whether recipients of revenue disbursed from the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund (USF) are federal contractors.

“The changes to the June 20, 2019, directive improve the application process for Functional Affirmative Action Program agreements and ease burdens associated with maintaining agreements. Contractors should review their business models and consider FAAPs as an alternative to the establishment-based affirmative action program structure. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is also pleased to issue its third opinion letter, continuing its commitment to providing more guidance and certainty to the stakeholder community,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Craig E. Leen.

OFCCP is a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor. It enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. Collectively, these laws prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Additionally, contractors must act affirmatively to ensure equal employment opportunity in their employment processes, and they must not discriminate against applicants or employees because they inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or that of others, subject to certain limitations. For more information, please call OFCCP’s toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visit http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/.

Agency: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Date: July 31, 2019
Release Number: 19-1412-NAT

Contact: Simone Walter
Phone Number: 202-693-4664
Email: walter.simone.r@dol.gov

Skype for Business Online is retiring As Microsoft Teams has become the core communications client for Office 365, we are announcing that Skype for Business Online will retire on July 31, 2021. After that time, the Skype for Business Online service will no longer be accessible or supported. For additional details and resources for planning your upgrade to Teams, read our blog post.

Skype for Business Online is retiring


Skype for Business Online is retiring


As Microsoft Teams has become the core communications client for Office 365, we are announcing that Skype for Business Online will retire on July 31, 2021. After that time, the Skype for Business Online service will no longer be accessible or supported. For additional details and resources for planning your upgrade to Teams, read our blog post.

Skype for Business Online is retiring As Microsoft Teams has become the core communications client for Office 365, we are announcing that Skype for Business Online will retire on July 31, 2021. After that time, the Skype for Business Online service will no longer be accessible or supported. For additional details and resources for planning your upgrade to Teams, read our blog post.

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    and web conferencing.
  • Collaborate on files with built-in Office 365 apps.
  • Customize your workspace with Microsoft and third-party apps.
  • Get end-to-end security, administrative control, and compliance.

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224,000 New Jobs The June jobs report surpassed expectations adding 224,000 jobs to the economy, totaling 5.6 million jobs created since January 2017.

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor on June Jobs Report – June 2019

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor on June Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the June 2019 Employment Situation report:

“The June jobs report surpassed expectations adding 224,000 jobs to the economy, totaling 5.6 million jobs created since January 2017.  

“This report included other good news as wages increased at or above 3% year over year for 11 straight months.  Wage growth for production and non-supervisory workers increased 3.4% over the past 12 months.

“The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.7% in June, as 335,000 individuals entered the labor force exceeding the population growth by 158,000. The unemployment rate has remained at or below 4% for 16 months in a row. The Asian-American unemployment rate set a new series low at 2.1%.

“We continue to look for increased investment into America’s workforce through the Pledge to America’s Workers, USMCA, and apprenticeship expansion.”

Agency: Office of the Secretary
Date: July 5, 2019
Release Number: 19-1205-NAT

Contact: Emily Weeks
Phone Number: 202-693-4676
Email: weeks.emily.c@dol.gov

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CalSavers is open!

CalSavers is open!
Visit CalSavers.com to register your business.

The CalSavers Retirement Savings Program first launched November 2018 with a pilot program and to all eligible employers beginning July 1, 2019.

CalSavers provides employees access to a retirement savings program without the administrative complexity, fees, or fiduciary liability of existing options for employers. Any employer with at least five employees that does not already offer a workplace retirement savings vehicle will be required to either begin offering one via the private market or provide their employees access to CalSavers. CalSavers will be operated solely through administrative fees, so there’s no cost to taxpayers. Eligible employers can register for CalSavers at any time and will be required to comply by the following deadlines:

Size of businessDeadline
Over 100 employeesJune 30, 2020
Over 50 employeesJune 30, 2021
Five or more employeesJune 30, 2022

The CalSavers program ensures nearly all Californians have access to a workplace retirement savings program. CalSavers offers employees a completely voluntary, low cost, portable retirement savings vehicle with professionally managed investments and oversight from a public, transparent board of directors, chaired by the State Treasurer.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 200 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20210 1-866-4-USA-DOL 1-866-487-2365 www.dol.gov

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report – Week Ending July 13th, 2019

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA


In the week ending July 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 1,000 from 209,000 to 208,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,750, a decrease of 250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised down by 250 from 219,250 to 219,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending July 6, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 6 was 1,686,000, a decrease of 42,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 5,000 from 1,723,000 to 1,728,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,701,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,250 from 1,694,750 to 1,696,000.

 


Read more at https://dol.gov

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Salesforce is a customer relationship management solution that brings customers and companies together. It's one integrated CRM platform that gives all your departments — including marketing, sales, commerce, and service — a single, shared view of every customer.

Salesforce Introduces New Commerce Page Designer

Quickly create and manage engaging customer experiences with clicks, not code

Today, we’re announcing Commerce Page Designer—a new low-code feature in Commerce Cloud that enables companies to dynamically create and manage their eCommerce sites in a fast and visual way.

In the hyper-competitive battle for shoppers, companies must be able to make changes to their eCommerce sites at the drop of a hat. For example, a retailer’s eCommerce site needs to reflect seasonal events such as a new marketing campaign, a special Fourth of July showcase, or an ad hoc promotion, such as a flash sale based on excess inventory. These are often time-sensitive shopping windows, and eCommerce success hinges on delivering timely, relevant and personalized content. Commerce teams can’t afford to wait days or weeks for a developer to make these changes, which is what most sites require.

This is what led us to Commerce Page Designer.

With easy-to-use capabilities, merchandisers and marketers can quickly design rich, engaging ecommerce experiences without code:

  • Create—Simply click, drag and drop components like new or seasonal merchandise, banners, carousels and more into any digital storefront. Now, companies are armed with the tools they need to build deeply customized, robust webpages, leveraging a library of reusable components. Even more, companies and third-parties can build custom components unique to specific business needs, including campaigns, seasonal offerings and more. For example, if a retailer is launching a new marketing campaign for a special event like the back-to-school—their business teams will be able to use out-of-the-box, custom or third-party components to quickly build a new landing page on their site supporting this campaign.
  • Preview and Schedule—Preview website content by device type across desktop, tablet and mobile, enabling companies to surface the most relevant content to their customers. Teams can also schedule website content on individual pages by date, time, customer group and locale. Now, companies can populate content on their storefront at the right time and by the right customer group, device type, as well as language and locale prior to launching this new campaign.
  • Reuse—Quickly configure and update pages by saving and reusing components and pre-built page layouts from any digital storefront. Out-of-the-box, third-party and custom-built components arm companies with the layouts and functionality they need to get up and running fast. Now, with reusable components and pages, the Father’s Day homepage that ran last year can be quickly updated and deployed with just a few clicks.

Using Commerce Page Designer, marketers and merchandisers can populate content on their storefront, embed Einstein Product Recommendations to surface the most relevant apparel and schedule their content in advance by customer group, device type, as well as language and locale prior to launching this new campaign.

To learn more about the new Commerce Page Designer, be sure to visit Salesforce Commerce Cloud here, the blog post and check out the Commerce Cloud keynote at Connections here.

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations: Innovating with PowerApps

In this recorded session, PowerObjects showcases its own Consumption Journal PowerApp as well as its Intelligent Chatbot PowerApp.

NetSuite Practice Manager Job, San Diego, CA

Our client is hiring a NetSuite Practice Manager. You will work with their internal teams, clients, and vendors, providing subject matter expertise, hands-on implementation guidance, and project management leadership. To succeed in this position, you will need to provide exceptional service to team members and clients while meeting utilization and profitability goals.

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Healthcare Through Small Business Health Plans

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Healthcare Through Small Business Health Plans WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to expand the opportunity to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans. Up […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Clarifies When Interns Working at For-Profit Employers Are Subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. Department of Labor Clarifies When Interns Working at For-Profit Employers Are Subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act

WASHINGTON, DC – On Dec. 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the fourth federal appellate court to expressly reject the U.S. Department of Labor’s six-part test for determining whether interns and students are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Department of Labor today clarified that going forward, the Department will conform to these appellate court rulings by using the same “primary beneficiary” test that these courts use to determine whether interns are employees under the FLSA. The Wage and Hour Division will update its enforcement policies to align with recent case law, eliminate unnecessary confusion among the regulated community, and provide the Division’s investigators with increased flexibility to holistically analyze internships on a case-by-case basis.

Release Number:
18-0043-NAT