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OFCCP institutes tougher enforcement guidelines

Lexology.com
Ballard Spahr LLP
David S. Fryman and Farrah I. Gold
USA
February 25 2011

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) this week announced its new Active Case Enforcement (ACE) initiative, expected to lead to broader, more aggressive compliance investigations by the agency. OFCCP is the U.S. Department of Labor division charged with ensuring that federal contractors comply with Equal Employment Opportunity laws and Executive Orders.
ACE, effective January 1, 2011, replaces OFCCP’s Active Case Management (ACM) program. Whereas under ACM only the compliance review methodology was used, under ACE the OFCCP will use all of the compliance evaluation investigative methodologies specified in the regulations. These methodologies include the following:
Compliance review — a comprehensive analysis/evaluation of a contractor’s hiring and employment practices and written affirmative action program, and of the results obtained via affirmative action efforts;
Offsite review of records — an analysis and evaluation of the affirmative action program (or any part thereof) and supporting documentation, and other documents related to the contractor’s personnel policies and employment actions that may be relevant to a determination of whether the contractor complied with the requirements of Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA);
Compliance check — a determination of whether a contractor has maintained records consistent with federal regulations; and
Focused review — an onsite review aimed at one or more components of a contractor’s organization or one or more aspects of a contractor’s employment practices.

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Texas ‘White Men’ Scholarships a Response to Reverse Discrimination?

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February 26, 2011 09:45 PM EST

Texas white men scholarships are available to those who do not fit into certain prescribed categories or into any targeted ethnic group.
Many say it’s a response similar to the controversial affirmative action laws created for blacks and other minorities. Creators say its creation is only meant to help an unrepresented group.
During Black History Month, it is somewhat of a paradox to have a conversation about whites not being represented in entitlement programs or other programs that provide some form of assistance to a certain group.
Texas ‘White Men’ Scholarships — Why was it created?
Caucasian Americans have been part of the so-called majority since the beginning of this country’s history. It’s been part of the status quo, or the accepted way of things in everyday life.
However, a non-profit group says that Texas white men scholarships are being created for Caucasians who are now in the so-called minority group of American citizens.
Reportedly, a newly-formed not-for-profit group was formed by a student with the help of others who share his stance on the matter of reverse discrimination.

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Comment from “A Higher Primate:”
Traditionally, scholarships have been designated for/allocated to white men. That is why some organizations found the need to establish scholarships for women and then scholarships for minorities and Hispanics. It would be safe to say that “white men scholarships” is an oxymoron for scholarships as “reverse discrimination” is an invalidation of discrimination. There are many, many serious problems in the world today that need to be addressed, and this question is not one of them.

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Bias Against the Unemployed Is Subject of Probe

The Wall Street Journal
CAREERS
FEBRUARY 17, 2011, 6:08 P.M. ET

By MELANIE TROTTMAN
WASHINGTON—The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has begun a probe of whether employers and recruitment firms are unlawfully barring the unemployed from applying for certain jobs, the agency’s chairman said.
EEOC Chairman Jacqueline Berrien said at a hearing Wednesday that the agency began hearing anecdotal reports of the practice last summer, including from news reports and from worker-advocacy groups gathering examples of help-wanted advertisements that said only individuals who currently had jobs should apply.
“We’ll take a close look at what we heard and consider if there’s anything we might need to do to clarify standards,” she said.
It isn’t clear what the EEOC will do to address the issue, or to what extent it is authorized to act. EEOC and Labor Department officials said they don’t have much data on whether the practice of excluding unemployed people from applicant pools is widespread. Lawyers representing employers say it isn’t, and even when it is done it can be justified based on employers’ need to find workers whose skills are up to date.

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Colleges’ actions in sexual assault cases scrutinized

The Boston Globe
New England Center For Investigative Reporting / February 27, 2011
Department of Education touts stricter sanctions

It was supposed to be a fun college version of Friday night at the movies. A group of students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston gathered in a classroom building, spending the autumn evening in 2009.

But in the middle of the night, a 28-year-old sophomore said she woke to find a male student, whom she did not know apart from seeing him in class, fondling her, according to a police report. He was found responsible following a campus disciplinary procedure.

MassArt sanctioned him by placing him on probation until graduation, and ordering him to stay away from the victim and participate in an educational workshop and counseling, according to US Department of Education records obtained by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. The victim complained to the department’s Office for Civil Rights about the inadequacy of the sanctions, but the agency determined the school did nothing wrong, the records show.drinking rum and Cokes and watching films.

Full Story: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/02/27/colleges_actions_in_sexual_assault_cases_scrutinized/

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Answering the Illegal Question

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 24, 2011

By Julianna Baggott

I’m lucky in that I work in a department that is kid-friendly, at a university that’s making a concerted effort to support women on the faculty and families (including with a new parental-leave policy).
As a novelist whose personal bio exists on the back of every one of my books, I don’t have the luxury of pretending not to have kids. At my job interviews at the Modern Language Association convention a few years ago, it was obvious to anyone who knew my work and could count on their fingers that I was immensely pregnant with my fourth child. In academe that is much like growing a fourth head—though growing a fourth head would be more attractive because academics prize the mind over the body.

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OFCCP Posts Latest Settlement For Alleged Hiring Discrimination

On February 28th, the OFCCP posted their latest Press Release regarding a settlement with a Federal contractor that allegedly discriminated in their hiring practices. The OFCCP continues to drive large settlements from contractors where there is Adverse Impact in the selection process.

Below is an excerpt from the OFCCPs Press Release. For more detail select the link below.

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20110211.htm

News Release

OFCCP News Release: [02/28/2011]
Contact Name: Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke
Phone Number: (312) 353-6976 or x6976
Release Number: 11-0211-CHI
US Labor Department settles discrimination case with InterCall, world’s largest provider of conferencing services

151 minority job applicants to share $700,000 settlement

CHICAGO — Federal contractor InterCall will pay $700,000 in back wages, interest and benefits to 151 minority job applicants who were subjected to discrimination by the company. The settlement follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which found that 103 black, 28 Asian and 20 Hispanic job applicants were systemically rejected for sales associate positions at the company’s Chicago offices in 2006 and 2007. In addition to financial compensation, InterCall will extend a total of 14 offers of employment to affected applicants as positions become available.

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BEYA: Where Corporate America Meets and Encourages Black Talent

Afro.com
Originally published February 23, 2011
In Praise Of Black Engineers
by Lango DeenSpecial to the AFRO

“It’s been 25 years of inspiration,” Ted Childs, a retired diversity executive at IBM Corporation, said Feb. 19 at the 25th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards in the Washington, D.C.The Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), produced by Career Communications Group, showcases African-American talent in science, technology, engineering and math and provides students with pathways to lucrative technical careers.
“It’s an opportunity to connect at a high level of intelligence and capital with business people who are interested in science, mathematics and engineering and who never get an opportunity to recognize or connect with one another,” said David Steward, founder and chairman of St. Louis-based Worldwide Technology Inc., who attended the event. “It shows the intellectual capital in the Black community and the leadership in the Black community and the value we bring to this society and this country and the world.”

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Executive Recruiting And Women Leaders: Get Serious

The Executive Search Group
Executive Recruiting Blog
Posted by Tim McIntyre on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 @ 08:24 AM

Executive Human capital, ahh. Everyone loves to talk about “gender diversity” and boardroom issues, surveys, why women leaders are leaving the workforce and talent acquisition, and all sorts of discourse, but in reality, very few are doing anything about really Targeting and Recruiting them.
For example, our search firm has published (an almost) quarterly survey sent to thousands and thousands of corporate personnel, and why there is strong sentiment and responses, and continuous downloading of ebooks and other materiels, when conversing with the head of diversity, or senior HR folks or heads of lines of businesses, clearly, these are academic pursuits for most, getting up to speed on the latest lingo for that upcoming meeting, or preparing to foist off on unsuspecting colleagues, bosses or watchful eyes the latest spin on “breaking the glass ceiling”.

Full Blog Post: http://www.theexecutivesearchgroup.com/executiverecruiting/blog/bid/53733/Executive-Recruiting-And-Women-Leaders-Get-Serious

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Campus Health Officials Call for ‘Cultural Competency’

Inside Higher Ed
February 24, 2011
Quick Takes

The American College Health Association reinforced the importance of constantly developing cultural awareness and sensitivity among campus professionals, with the goal of having members be “responsive to the needs of a diverse and changing student population,” in a statement released Wednesday.
The Cultural Competency Statement — in its first revision since its initial publication in July 2000 — compels ACHA members to cultural inclusion, cultural respect, equality and equity, and includes a number of criteria that demonstrate cultural competency for individuals, institutions and the association. Vanessa Britto, chair of the revision task force, told Inside Higher Ed that given the shifts in student demographics, international enrollment and experiential learning, the ACHA felt it was time to update and clarify the statement.

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OFCCP institutes tougher enforcement guidelines

Lexology.comBallard Spahr LLPDavid S. Fryman and Farrah I. GoldUSAFebruary 25 2011The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) this week announced its new Active Case Enforcement (ACE) initiative, expected to lead to broader, more aggressive compliance investigations by the agency. OFCCP is the U.S. Department of Labor division charged with ensuring that federal contractors comply […]

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Texas ‘White Men’ Scholarships a Response to Reverse Discrimination?

gather NewsFebruary 26, 2011 09:45 PM ESTTexas white men scholarships are available to those who do not fit into certain prescribed categories or into any targeted ethnic group.Many say it’s a response similar to the controversial affirmative action laws created for blacks and other minorities. Creators say its creation is only meant to help an […]

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Bias Against the Unemployed Is Subject of Probe

The Wall Street JournalCAREERSFEBRUARY 17, 2011, 6:08 P.M. ETBy MELANIE TROTTMANWASHINGTON—The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has begun a probe of whether employers and recruitment firms are unlawfully barring the unemployed from applying for certain jobs, the agency’s chairman said.EEOC Chairman Jacqueline Berrien said at a hearing Wednesday that the agency began hearing anecdotal reports of […]

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Colleges’ actions in sexual assault cases scrutinized

The Boston GlobeNew England Center For Investigative Reporting / February 27, 2011Department of Education touts stricter sanctionsIt was supposed to be a fun college version of Friday night at the movies. A group of students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston gathered in a classroom building, spending the autumn evening in […]

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Answering the Illegal Question

The Chronicle of Higher EducationFebruary 24, 2011By Julianna BaggottI’m lucky in that I work in a department that is kid-friendly, at a university that’s making a concerted effort to support women on the faculty and families (including with a new parental-leave policy).As a novelist whose personal bio exists on the back of every one of […]

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OFCCP Posts Latest Settlement For Alleged Hiring Discrimination

On February 28th, the OFCCP posted their latest Press Release regarding a settlement with a Federal contractor that allegedly discriminated in their hiring practices. The OFCCP continues to drive large settlements from contractors where there is Adverse Impact in the selection process.Below is an excerpt from the OFCCPs Press Release. For more detail select the […]

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BEYA: Where Corporate America Meets and Encourages Black Talent

Afro.comOriginally published February 23, 2011In Praise Of Black Engineersby Lango DeenSpecial to the AFRO“It’s been 25 years of inspiration,” Ted Childs, a retired diversity executive at IBM Corporation, said Feb. 19 at the 25th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards in the Washington, D.C.The Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), produced by Career […]

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Executive Recruiting And Women Leaders: Get Serious

The Executive Search GroupExecutive Recruiting BlogPosted by Tim McIntyre on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 @ 08:24 AMExecutive Human capital, ahh. Everyone loves to talk about “gender diversity” and boardroom issues, surveys, why women leaders are leaving the workforce and talent acquisition, and all sorts of discourse, but in reality, very few are doing anything about […]

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Campus Health Officials Call for ‘Cultural Competency’

Inside Higher EdFebruary 24, 2011Quick TakesThe American College Health Association reinforced the importance of constantly developing cultural awareness and sensitivity among campus professionals, with the goal of having members be “responsive to the needs of a diverse and changing student population,” in a statement released Wednesday.The Cultural Competency Statement — in its first revision since […]

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