The final rule published by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), effective as of January 11, 2016, prohibits federal contractors from discharging or discriminating against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. This protection would typically apply where the applicant or employee obtains this information through ordinary means, such as conversations with co-workers or an anonymous note from a co-worker. The rule is intended to reduce pay discrimination and ensure that employees receive fair compensation by enhancing the ability of federal contractors and their employees to detect and remediate unlawful discriminatory practices.
Due to high demand, the OFCCP is hosting a second public webinar on January 28, 2016, at 2 p.m. EST to discuss its final rule promoting pay transparency. This webinar is now full and registration is closed. However, to accommodate those unable to register, OFCCP will live stream the audio portion of the webinar. Federal contractors should listen to the audio portion of the seminar or review the audiovisual version of the webinar that is to be posted to the OFCCP’s website soon. Employers who wish to listen to the seminar live may use this link 10 minutes before it begins.
During the webinar, presenters will provide an overview of the final rule, address questions received by the agency since the rule’s September publication, and illustrate the practical application of defenses provided in the rule through several hypothetical scenarios.