ERS Group Insights

Each day ERS Group’s experts interact with clients engaged in complex legal, regulatory, and business matters. Our work requires us to remain up to date with these issues, and we share our insights through our blog.

CFPB Proposes Proxy ID for Consumer Race & Ethnicity

Web Admin - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a method for identifying the race and ethnicity of consumers when the data are not available. The CFPB requires this information in order to monitor lending patterns and ensure that lending institutions are complying with fair lending laws that prohibit Title VII discrimination. more >

ACS Estimates and Affirmative Action - Past, Present, Future

Web Admin - Thursday, March 26, 2015

The U.S. Census Bureau announced program changes in its 2016 budget that include discontinuation of the 3-year American Community Survey (ACS). Federal contractors might wonder whether this discontinuation, if approved, will affect affirmative action plan preparation. more >

Understanding Veterans' Employment Patterns

Web Admin - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BLS data from 2014 reveal that unemployment rates for male veterans decreased overall, and even more noticeably for Gulf War II era veterans. Yet, there continues to be a concern over why recent male veterans have higher unemployment rates than male nonveterans. more >

CFPB's Use of Census Data to Determine Consumer Race & Ethnicity

Web Admin - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

OFCCP's Item 19: Control Your Information

Web Admin - Monday, February 23, 2015

Employers should take heed of what OFCCP is requesting in the updated Item 19 of the compliance review scheduling letter. The agency is now requesting compensation data at the individual employee level. more >

OFCCP Adds LGBT as Protected Groups

Web Admin - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Federal contractors take note.  This April, sexual orientation and gender identity will be added to the groups that are protected from discrimination.  Read on for information on immediate changes and possible impact on your current AAP requirements and metrics. more >

Commercialization of Nanotechnology

Web Admin - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The semiconductor transistor, carbon buckyball, quantum dots:  these examples of nanotechnology are the beginning of the story.  ERS Group Director Nels Pearsall discusses the latest trends in his most recent article on the successes and challenges that face attempts to commercialize these technological innovations. more >

Retaliation for Discussing Pay Prohibited

Web Admin - Monday, December 01, 2014

President Obama proclaimed April 8th as “Equal Pay Day,” the symbolic day that women’s earnings catch up with men’s wages from the previous year. He then signed Executive Order 13665, “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information” which prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from retaliating against employees and job applicants who disclose, discuss or inquire about compensation. more >

Key Changes to OFCCP Compliance Evaluation Procedures

Web Admin - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Federal contractors selected for auditing by the OFCCP are notified via a Scheduling Letter and an Itemized Listing of the data, analyses and documents they must provide within 30 days. On October 1, 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the OFCCP’s new Scheduling Letter, Itemized Listing, and Compliance Check Letter. Federal contractors should familiarize themselves with these new requirements. more >

New VETS-4212 Eliminates Double Counting

Web Admin - Friday, November 21, 2014

The Federal Contractor Veterans’ Employment Report, VETS-4212, replaces the VETS 100 and VETS-100A reports.  Federal contractors now will provide more accurate data on the number of protected veterans in their workforce. more >


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