This Week’s Vaccination Injunction Puzzle at a Glance:

Current Status:

There were no significant developments this week as to the four federal vaccination mandates we are following. For the latest status, see our WIR last week.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022: A Missing EEO is the Law Notice Will Now Cost An Employer $610 Per Violation

Official Seal of the EEOC featuring Bald Eagle and bannerThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a Final Rule that adjusts for inflation the civil monetary penalty for violation of the notice-posting requirements in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. The new rate, effective immediately, is $610 per violation.

History of Adjustments

  • 2021 from $525 to $576 per violation
  • 2016 from $210 to $525 per violation
  • 2014 from $110 to $210 per violation
  • 1997 from $100 to $110 per violation

EEO Is The Law Notice

The required poster is available on the EEOC website in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and an optimized version for screen readers.

Note: Versions older than 2002 require a supplement posting which includes (among other things) discrimination protection for individuals with disabilities and protected veterans for federal Government contractors and subcontractors.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022: $113 Million Now Available Through The Apprenticeship Building America Grant Program

Official Seal for the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)The U.S. Department of Labor announced $113M in available grant funding, including up to $50M to support “equity partnerships and pre-apprenticeship activities to increase enrollment in Registered Apprenticeship Programs.” The Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) grant program is part of President Biden’s ongoing strategy to strengthen Registered Apprenticeships (RAP).

The grants aim to support an equitable post-pandemic economic recovery by connecting Americans to good quality jobs in priority industry sectors, including critical supply chain industries, and among populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

The Plan

Using a coordinated national investment strategy, the ABA will strengthen and modernize the RAP system, increase equity and accessibility in program delivery to apprentices, bring the Registered Apprenticeship model to more industries, and improve RAP completion rates for underrepresented populations and underserved communities.

Grant recipients will work with various partners to support and develop the Registered Apprenticeship ecosystem. Specific goals include the expansion of RAP opportunities for the youth and ensuring equitable RAP pathways through pre-apprenticeship leading to RAP enrollment and equity partnerships

Eligible Grant Recipients

  • nonprofits,
  • labor organizations,
  • public and state institutions of higher education, and
  • county governments.

Finalists will receive awards from $1 to $8 million.

Read more about the department’s broader efforts to connect career seekers with apprenticeship opportunities and expand apprenticeship into new sectors and industries through the dedicated webpage, https://www.apprenticeship.gov.

On A Related Note

The Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship released a podcast, “How Inclusive Apprenticeship Drives Performance.” In the podcast, David Dame, Director of Accessibility at Microsoft, discusses the unique skills and perspectives that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. He also addresses how inclusive apprenticeship helps build diverse and inclusive, high-performing teams.

Thursday, February 24, 2022: Cornell & USDOL’s Women’s Bureau Kicked off the “Equity in Focus” Series with a Powerful Panel Tackling “Job Creation for a Just Society”

Cornell’s ILR Worker Institute, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, kicked off a new webinar series titled “Equity in Focus.” The first in the series, “Job Creation for a Just Society,” explored different sectors of the economy, bridging theory with practice in discussing how best to advance an equity lens in public investments.

The webinar examined equity in employment, focusing on policies that ensure women and communities of color are not left out of economic opportunities. Several speakers showcased new endeavors that create a pathway for success for women in the construction industry. 

Featured speakers included:

*See our report from January “USDOL Launched “Good Jobs” Initiative.

The Worker Institute will produce an Innovation and Jobs Creation report sponsored by the Lois Gray Innovation Fund at the end of the series. All presentations will be included.

For more information, see the sister blog from the Women’s Bureau, “Building Back Better: Centering Equity and Inclusion in Job Creation and Economic Development.”

On A Related Note

On March 9th, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Women’s Bureau, Wage and Hour Department, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration will host an educational and empowerment panel discussion to learn about women’s employment opportunities in the construction industry.

Women's Bureau & ILR School at Cornell University

Thursday, February 24, 2022: Unemployment Rate for Individuals with a Disability Decreased in 2021, However, Remains Higher than 2019 Rate

Official logo for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released “Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics Summary (PDF)” for 2021, which indicates that the unemployment rate for individuals with a disability, at 10.1%, decreased by 2.5 percentage points from the previous year (compared to 2.8 percentage points for those without a disability) but remained higher than in 2019 (7.3%). The jobless rate for those with a disability was about twice as high as those without a disability. (Unemployed persons are those who did not have a job, were available for work, and were actively looking for a job in the four weeks preceding the survey.)

Among individuals with a disability, the jobless rates across races in 2021 were:

  • 1% for Blacks and Hispanics
  • 3% for Whites
  • 5% for Asians

The rates for Whites, Asians, and Hispanics decreased from 2020 to 2021, while the rate for Blacks showed little change.

Significant Stats from the 2021 Summary

  • Half of all individuals with a disability were age 65 and over, nearly three times higher than the share for those with no disability.
  • Across all educational attainment groups, unemployment rates for individuals with a disability were higher than those with no disability.
  • 29% of workers with a disability were employed part-time, compared with 16% for those with no disability.
  • 9.6% of employed individuals with a disability were self-employed, compared to 6.4% of employed individuals with no disability.
  • The proportion of individuals employed in government was about the same for individuals with a disability (13.9%) and individuals without a disability (13.6%).

Industry Stats

In 2021, individuals with a disability were more likely than individuals with no disability to:

  • work in service occupations (18.2% compared to 15.9%)
  • work in production, transportation, and material moving occupations (14.6% compared to12.6%)
  • work in sales and office occupations (21.4% compared to 19.7%).

Individuals with a disability were less likely than individuals with no disability to:

  • work in management, professional, and related occupations (36.5% compared to 42.7%).

The Data Source

The BLS collects this information as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households that provides statistics on employment and unemployment in the United States. Collection of the data on persons with a disability is sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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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