New disability regulations issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) mandate that covered federal contractors and subcontractors invite applicants and employees to self-identify their disability status. This invitation—which must be solicited pre-offer, post-offer, and at various times during employment—must follow OFCCP’s requirements, either through an OFCCP-approved form or by using an identical copy of that form . After much delay, OFCCP’s disability self-identification form has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and is available on the OMB website.M
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently updated the pay transparency provision that employers covered by Executive Order (EO) 11246, “Equal Employment Opportunity,” must post and include in their employee manuals and handbooks. The Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision gives notice to applicants and employees that employers will not discriminate for inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing their pay or, under certain circumstances, the pay of other employees.
Working for the Weekend: Denial of Pay Premium Due to FMLA-Related Absences Does Not Violate the FMLA
On January 8, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas issued an opinion and order granting summary judgment to an employer, finding the employer did not violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by discontinuing an employee’s shift differential due to absences necessitated by FMLA leave.
Massachusetts’s “Grand Bargain” Increases Minimum Wage, Ends Sunday Retail Premium Pay, and Provides Extensive Paid Leave
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker just signed into law the so-called “grand bargain” bill, which contains provisions that will have a significant effect on employers in the state. The law is a compromise designed to avoid potential ballot questions about an increase in the state minimum wage, paid leave, and a reduction in the state sales tax.