Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Focus on Institutions of Higher Learning trending idea

Community Member kudos icon 1 Community member
It is my opinion that many individuals in US higher education, particularly employees and/or graduate students are completely unaware of the appropriate steps these individuals may take to advocate for themselves and other individuals in similar situations. It is clearly evident to me from my own personal experiences as a PhD student that systemic racial and mental health stigma persists within the work culture of higher... more »

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Outreach and Education

High School Curriculum - add Practical Adult Education trending idea

Community Member kudos icon 3 Community member
Required classes for Juniors and Seniors should include education about credit cards, bank accounts, health plans, budgeting and retirement fundamentals to include terminology, resources, simple quizzes to test their knowledge.  Most underprivileged communities have generations of family in same household but no one has this basic knowledge or has minimal knowledge and should have the information availalble in multiple... more »

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Federal Contracting (Procurement)

Strengthen and Enforce Financial Security for Employees

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To protect workers and provide for their future financial security, there should be a mandatory 401k-Qualified Plan fringe wage contribution percentage for Davis Bacon contracts- and eliminate the option where they can pay it out in cash as salary or waive the benefit.  Too many contractors pay the base and fringe in cash and don't provide any benefits or future financial security for the employees who are working on... more »

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Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Remove college degrees in non-related fields as a consideration

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Often, job seekers are screened out by the lack of a college degree. Not a specific task targeted degree, but ANY degree. This creates an unfair advantage for individuals from more robust economic backgrounds.

After 10 years of work, that barrier to the success of an applicant, should not be allowed.

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Enforcement

Discrimination trending idea

I recently had discrimination along with other issues with a company I had worked for for 14 years and had a case against them. Well I was informed that I couldn't file a few of issues against the employer because of the amount of employees. I don't care if you have 1 employee or 500 employees discrimination is discrimination and with laws like that in place employers know they can get away with treating those employees... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Major fines on corporations discriminating against employees trending idea

Community Member kudos icon + Community member
I am 61, Hispanic, and on a double transplant list, the company found out put me in short term disability,then sent me a termination letter and then lied to Unemploment and said that I voluntarily quit. I finally got approved for SSI disability for the month of September,but I had to jump through a lot of hoops and I am still waiting for unemployment to decide if I am going to get paid for the 17 weeks, I didn't receive... more »

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Outreach and Education

Equity trending idea

let me start by saying that all people are valuable and can add value to any situation. So as an employer how does the govt expect me to balance this idea of equity with ability?  it is best for the consumer for me to hire people based upon their ability to do the job vs focusing on an executive order. Currently, my company employees 12% African American, 6% Asian, 6% Portarican, 6% Lebanese, and I could go on. however,... more »

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Outreach and Education

Employment Empowerment

Regarding "DOL's outreach to workers from underrepresented groups" -- in 2008, the Labor Force Participation Rate for people with disabilities was about the same as it is in 2021. In the 1980's, earlier studies suggested a similar rate (around 33%). This stagnation exists despite decades of important accomplishments towards advancing the employment of people with disabilities through better employment preparation programs,... more »

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Outreach and Education

Employee Engagement and Empowerment

True employee engagement involves their active involvement in all facets of work, and certainly some assurance that their encounters, experiences and expectations are being heard. A key component of this engagement is creating forums, discussions, and even "community listening" sessions so that individuals can tap in and voice concerns and issues. This has worked well in my past experiences in creating "safe sites" for... more »

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Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

Executive Order on Racial Equity and Support for the Underserved trending idea

Community Member kudos icon 1 Community member
The executive order on racial equity and support of the underserved has already been established.  Our labor law is against discrimination and harassment due to religion, age, ethnicity, gender, disability, or race.  There's not anything else to do beyond that.  Despite what Biden and his people say, America doesn't discriminate against underserved communities, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with... more »

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Unemployment Insurance Program

Workers Fired Over Vaccines Should Get Enhanced Unemployment

During the pandemic, healthcare workers labored without vaccines, and many people not working collected enhanced unemployment. Now that these same healthcare workers are being fired for declining the COVID-19 vaccines, they should receive the same level of enhanced unemployment that everyone else received.

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Unemployment Insurance Program

The Employer Is Not Always Being Honest But Usually Prevails trending idea

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I'm unemployment claims, the employers are dinged if they lose an unemployment case to their exemployees. This causes them to lie about the employee in order to win their case. I have seen this happen many times and I have heard countless stories from others which are the same. This needs to be rectified so people can survive financially while in-between jobs. Also, the unemployment case managers should not be trained... more »

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Enforcement

Ensuring ERG Leaders are Fairly Compensated

To ensure DOL's Wage and Hour Division enforcement sufficiently captures wage-related issues for underrepresented groups, I'm proposing a federal mandate for all companies - regardless of size - fairly compensate its diversity & inclusion ERG leaders (employee resource groups). Business leadership must be held accountable on unfair labor practices, when a majority of ERG work is voluntarily created and executed by women,... more »

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Outreach and Education

Information Portal for Employers trending idea

Create a portal containing information similar to what we already have in JAN (job accommodation network).  Allow the employers to learn their responsibilities and ask questions without fear of an enforcement action.  Many employers do not have the luxury of hiring an in-house counsel or an outside attorney every time they have compliance questions or issues.  Help the employers with compliance.

When creating the portal,... more »

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Federal Contracting (Procurement)

Spread the Word via the Community Media Outlets

Federal contracting sounds like a complicated process with a lot of paperwork.  Some contractors automatically assume that they will not qualify without even trying.  The outreach efforts must be more localized and constant to reach businesses owned by underrepresented individuals.

Work with the community media outlets (the underrepresented community's newspaper, radio, TV, social media accounts, YouTube, etc.) to highlight... more »

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