Protecting Workers, Promoting Diversity and Enforcing the Law

Filed in Workplace Rights by on December 21, 2010 2 Comments

Patricia Shiu is the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Good jobs exist in workplaces that are fair and diverse. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is a civil rights agency responsible for ensuring that fairness and diversity.

Currently, OFCCP is undertaking an effort to revise all three legal authorities that govern our work. Our Fall 2010 Regulatory Agenda includes three proposed rules that will bolster our enforcement activities under Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These rules will strengthen OFCCP’s ability to hold federal contractors and subcontractors accountable for increasing diversity in construction projects, providing job opportunities for people with disabilities and improving avenues of employment for veterans.

All three of these rules were developed after hearing from hundreds of experts, stakeholders, advocates, industry leaders and others who understand that even though we face tough times, we must all be committed to a truly American recovery – one that does not exclude anyone.

Our Regulatory Agenda also includes provisions to help end the persisting pay gap faced by women in the workforce. Forty-seven years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, President Obama stands committed to realize its promise. And we need your help. OFCCP will be seeking public input on how we can develop a data tool to show us how workers are being paid and where discrimination exists.

Our job at OFCCP is to make sure that those who have the privilege of doing business with the federal government live up to the same fair and reasonable standards of equal opportunity that we expect of everyone who holds the public trust.

Ed. Note: Please note that comments posted to this blog are not part of the formal rulemaking process. You can find DOL’s proposed regulations, and submit comments, by visiting

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  1. States sometimes require the workers on construction sites to take the OSHA 10 hour construction class. If this reduces the number of accidents and injuries, then it should be mandatory in all 50 states, not just in Massachusetts and the others with an OSHA training law (CT, NY, NH, RI, MO, NV).

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