Federal Contractor Compliance: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

by Lynn Morris on May 18, 2015

in Alert,Compliance

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In December 2014, the Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published the final rule prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The final rule implements Executive Order (EO) 13672, which was signed earlier in 2014. This rule went into effect April 8, 2015 and applies to contracts entered into or modified on or after the effective date.

Contractors covered by the new rule have additional requirements in order to be in compliance.

  • EEO Clause in Purchase Orders and Subcontracts must specifically reference “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”
  • Taglines in Job Postings to include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify
  • Updated EEO is the Law poster (once available)

Although the new rule only applies to new or modified contracts entered into as of April 8, 2015 or later, it is best practice for all federal contractors to comply with the requirements of the new rule. Even minor modifications to an existing contract, such as a date extension or revised specification, will require the contractor to follow the new rule.

More detailed information will be published on this topic in our June issue of NewsBrief. If you have questions about affirmative action compliance or the new rule, please contact Cascade.

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