Posts in March
Article by Patricia Shiu on March 27, 2014
For millions of workers around the nation, March 24 was just another Monday, the first day of another week of work. But at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, March 24 was a special day: the day our rules expanding employment opportunities for qualified workers with disabilities and protected groups of veterans went into effect.
At the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2014 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, speaker Tim Orellano started his presentation on how to comply with new federal affirmative action regulations by leading his audience in one big, collective moan.The exercise got a laugh, but it also illustrated just how burdensome Orellano believes the rules will be for those in the HR industry. read more
Carl Schurz famously said that equal rights and self-interest were inextricably linked, saying, “You cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.”
This commitment to equal rights is at the heart of the work performed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs because we recognize how inseparable equal rights are from the strength of the American workforce
OFCCP Affirmative Action Program Development
March 20, 2014
Today I had the opportunity to visit the OFCCP’s Baltimore District office. They offer a compliance assistance session for small or first- time federal supply and service contractors. The team spoke about the fundamentals on developing Affirmative Action Programs ( AAPs).
This was an informative education session regarding the federal contractors responsibility’s regarding record keeping and other equal employment opportunities (EEO) obligations. read more
The Labor Department is committed to serving transitioning service members, veterans and their families by preparing them for meaningful careers and maximizing their employment opportunities.
Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service for all employment and training programs available through more than 2,500 American Job Centers nationwide. Within the American Job Center there are two different specialties that focus on veteran employment issues: read more
Early on in his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama said something that really stuck with me: “Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want—for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.”
I wasn’t in the chamber that night, but my boss, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was, and he has made clear that by extension the president’s directive applies to all of us here at the Labor Department. At the Office of Disability Employment Policy, this is a natural continuance of the work we’ve done in recent years to ensure that the secretary’s vision of promoting and protecting opportunities for America’s workers means all workers, including those of us with disabilities. read more