On June 15, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a final rule detailing the obligations of federal contractors to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, and to take affirmative action to treat all applicants and employees equally without regard to sex.
OFCCP is an agency within the Labor Department that enforces a number of employment-related laws applicable to federal contractors, including Executive Order 11246, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex and race. OFCCP originally published its Sex Discrimination Guidelines in 1970, but had not previously revised them. This new rule represents the agency’s interpretation of Executive Order 11246 as it relates to discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity in light of 45 years of legal developments.
The new rule takes effect Aug. 15, 2016.