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January 2011 Events and News

OFCCP Proposes to Rescind Interpretive Standards for Systemic Compensation Discrimination and Voluntary Guidelines for Self-Evaluation of Pay Practices

OFCCP published in the January 3, 2011 Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rescission (NPR) that proposes to rescind the interpretive standards for systemic compensation discrimination and voluntary guidelines for self-evaluation of pay practices for federal contractors and subcontractors under Executive Order 11246, as amended (E.O. 11246). The NPR link to the Federal Register is http://origin.www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-01-03/pdf/2010-32602.pdf. The interpretive standards and voluntary guidelines were both issued in 2006.

OFCCP is proposing to rescind the interpretive standards because they have limited its ability to effectively investigate, analyze and identify compensation discrimination. In addition, OFCCP is proposing to rescind the voluntary guidelines as they have been largely unused by federal contractors and have not been an effective enforcement strategy. The Department of Labor seeks comments on this proposed rescission, identified by number 1250-ZNE, which may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov, by fax at (202) 693-1304, or by mail to Director, Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development, OFCCP, Room N3422, 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210. Comments must be received on or before March 4, 2011.