DE OFCCP Week In Review (WIR)The DE OFCCP Week in Review (WIR) is a simple, fast and direct summary of relevant happenings in the OFCCP regulatory environment, authored by experts John C. Fox, Candee Chambers and Jennifer Polcer. In today’s edition, they discuss:

Wednesday, January 2, 2019: DOL Departures

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the following resignations:

  • Bryan Jarrett, Acting Administrator for the Wage and Hour Division, effective January 5, 2019. Jarrett joined the Department in October 2017.
  • Jeffrey Grappone, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs, effective January 3, 2019. Grappone joined the Department in November 2017.
  • Matthew Miller, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), effective January 3, 2019. Miller joined the Department in April 2017.

Thursday, January 3, 2019: First Session of the 116th Congress – ‘Education and Workforce’ Now ‘Education and Labor’

Official Seal for the U.S. House of RepresentativesIn the first Congressional session of the New Year, the now Democratic majority in the House of Representatives passed a rules package allowing for the Committee on Education and Workforce to return to its previous name, the Committee on Education and Labor.

Thursday, January 3, 2019: Nomination Process to Begin Again

Official Seal of the United States CongressFailure to confirm Presidential nominations by the end of the 115th Congress means back to the drawing board. All Presidential nominations must start fresh with a Presidential nomination, then successful Committee Hearings and then a successful Senate Floor vote. All of those political appointee nominees who have been “waiting in line” for Senate “Floor Time,” some for well over a year, now have to re-set, re-boot and start over. Those we continue to watch include:

Friday, January 4, 2019: December Employment Situation

Official Seal for the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released December’s ‘Employment Situation.’ Unemployment percentages are up from November, but the outlook remains positive at the start of the New Year.

U.S. Secretary of State, Alexander Acosta announced, “With more than 5,000,000 jobs added since the 2016 election, the American economy surpassed 150,000,000 jobs for the first time ever.”

The nTide (National Trends in Disability Employment) report explains the dip in employment numbers for individuals with disabilities:

“This was only the third month in 2018 that we didn’t see improvement in the job numbers for people with disabilities,” noted Andrew Houtenville, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at UNH and research director of the Institute on Disability. “Three months of declines over the entire year does not constitute a trend, given that the economy continues to show signs of strength. We will be watching this closely in the New Year.”

 

Unemployment Rate December 2018 December 2017
National (Seasonally adjusted) 3.9% (up from 3.7% in Nov) 4.1%
Veterans (Not seasonally adjusted) 3.2% (up from 3.1% in Nov) 3.8%
Individuals with Disabilities (Not seasonally adjusted) 7.9% (up from 7.7% in Nov) 8.4%

 

Holiday Recap

As promised, here are the highlights from our holiday break.

  • Craig Leen appointed Director of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Craig has been Acting Director since August 2018. USDOL and OFCCP, remain open during the Shutdown of selected federal government offices.
  • Daniel Gade withdrew his name for consideration for a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. President Trump nominated him in August.
  • The EEOC is currently closed due to the Government Shutdown but lacks a Quorum to meet, at any rate, now that the Commission is down to only two EEOC Commissioners following the Senate’s refusal to confirm Chai Feldblum for a third term.
  • Joint-Employment saga continues…see the breakdown by John Fox.
  • Agency Contingency Plans during Government Shutdown.

Image from Roll Call of Length of Government Shutdown in Recent Years

THIS COLUMN IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW AND PRACTICE RELATING TO OFCCP. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. COMPANIES OR INDIVIDUALS WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK ADVICE OF COUNSEL.

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