Today, the U.S. Department of Labor takes a major step forward in the march toward full equality by publishing a final rule barring federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. A press release announcing the rule is available online at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20141942.htm
Key takeaways for employers regarding the Final Rule:
EEO Clause requirements – watch the FAQs closely for some technical explanations of how this should be addressed. Basically, wherever companies use the language ‘sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, they must now include sexual orientation and gender identity.
To learn more about this action, please check out www.dol.gov/ofccp/LGBT.
DirectEmployers Members, please don’t hesitate to contact Candee Chambers, VP of Compliance & Partnerships, with any questions or concerns!