July 05, 2016 Articles

OFCCP Issues First Updates to Sex Discrimination Guidelines Since 1970

The updates address compensation discrimination, harassment, accommodations for pregnant workers, gender-identity bias, and family caregiving responsibilities, and more.

By David Gevertz – July 5, 2016

New sex-discrimination regulations for federal government contractors and subcontractors are set to go into effect August 15, 2016. These much-needed changes are the first of their kind since 1970 for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The updates to Title 41, Part 60-20 of the Code of Federal Regulations address a number of topics, including compensation discrimination, harassment, accommodations for pregnant workers, gender-identity bias, and family caregiving responsibilities. The goal of these changes is to harmonize "OFCCP's outdated regulations with current Title VII jurisprudence" and to "facilitate contractor understanding and compliance, potentially reduce contractor costs, and increase labor-market efficiency." See OFCCP's Sex Discrimination Final Rule Fact Sheet.

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