On June 15, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule revising the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) long-standing sex discrimination regulations.
According to the DOL, the rule “substantially revises the existing sex discrimination guidelines, which have not been substantively updated since 1970, to align them with current law and legal principles and address their application to contemporary workplace practices and issues.”
The final rule is effective August 15, 2016, and applies to employers with federal contracts or subcontracts totaling $10,000 or more over a 12-month period, unless those employers are otherwise exempt. The final rule implements Executive Order 11246, which after amendments issued by President Obama, prohibits sex discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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