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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

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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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.

 


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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