The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposed rule change that would rescind the existing Sex Discrimination Guidelines found at 41 C.F.R. part 60-20 and replace those provisions with new rules regarding current workplace practices as they pertain to federal contractors’ obligations. These are the first changes to these regulations in 40 years. Needless to say, all employers contracting or subcontracting with the federal government should pay close attention. The entire notice (108 pages) can be viewed on the Office of Federal Register’s website.
Through the proposed changes, the Department of Labor is seeking to address, among others things, these four issues:
The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on Friday, January 30, 2015 and the public will have until March 31 (60 days) to provide comments. If approved, all persons employed or seeking employment with government contractors and subcontractors, and contractors and subcontractors performing under federally assisted construction contracts will be required to comply.