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Eliminate the subminimum wage for all federal contractors

Eliminate the subminimum wage for all federal contractors and subcontractors. Building off the Administration's commitment to a $15 an hour minimum wage for federal contractors, the DOL should similarly put in motion a plan to eliminate the subminimum wage from use among all federal contractors and subcontractors. Currently, the Fair Labor Standards Act "provides for the employment of certain individuals at wage rates... more »

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Rescind religious organizations' exemptions

Rescind religious organizations' exemptions from nondiscrimination in hiring and employment. Clarified under the "Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause's Religious Exemption" final rule, religious organizations serving as federal contractors or subcontractors, while still bound to abide by nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements, are allowed discretion in hiring and employment... more »

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Modernize and Rigorously Enforce Executive Order 11246

As members of the Workforce Development Worker Equity Initiative, we appreciate this opportunity to submit ideas about how the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) can advance worker equity in your policies, programs, and procurement. We share the DOL's goal of fostering greater employment and economic opportunities for people from historically underserved communities.

(iv) Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces: DOL Should... more »

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Better For All Coalition recommendations for EO11246

October 4, 2021

Via Online Submission

U.S. Department of Labor

200 Constitution Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 2020

Re: Advancing Worker Equity at the U.S. Department of Labor

The Better For All Coalition came together with a shared goal to advance the rights of all workers, by centering the needs of Black and Immigrant workers to improve the working conditions and their accessibility to good union jobs.To really build... more »

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Wages/Benefits for Direct Service Providers/End Sub Minimum Wage

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Folks with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) that require Direct Service Providers (DSP's) to work and access the community are currently facing a shortage of employment options and a bureaucratic maze to access Direct Service Providers for these limited and underpaid employment options. This causes many people with I/DD who WANT to work and support themselves and their families to be unable to do so,... more »

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Vets with Disabilities Fall Under Sec 503 AND VEVRAA

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offers the following comments concerning equitable federal contractor workplaces. PVA is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization representing veterans with spinal cord injuries and/or diseases.  It's membership includes those veterans whose disabilities were acquired both within and outside military service.  As a consequence, PVA believes that contractor... more »

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Model Employment for Workers with Disabilities

Idea #1 – Continue to ensure that the federal government remains a model employer for people with disabilities.

The Federal Government has an important interest in reducing discrimination against Americans living with disabilities, in eliminating the stigma associated with disability, and in encouraging Americans with disabilities to seek employment in the Federal workforce. Further, the Federal workforce has the opportunity... more »

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Prioritize representation within their own staff and leadership

In order to advance equity, it is important for the DOL and the agencies to look at their personnel and practices with a critical lens. Moreover, the agencies should examine if they are segregated by these characteristics across departments and job functions. Working towards equity within their own organizations is a necessary first step for agencies to more fairly and effectively serve the public.

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Equity in the healthcare system

While acknowledging the importance of reducing barriers to care, we focus our remarks here specifically on the potential policy adjustments that would impact equity in the health workforce, and in particular a segment of the health workforce that has historically been marginalized and excluded from labor and economic protections.

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Increase support of federal contractor recruitment efforts

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law offers the following ideas to support USDOL's goal of ensuring that federal contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government do not discriminate against protected workers. As a nonpartisan civil rights organization committed to combatting racial discrimination, the Lawyers' Committee has a strong, long-term interest in advancing workers' rights... more »

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Ensure sustainability within the administration of programs

Ensure sustainability and continuity within the administration of federal contractor and subcontractor programs. Both the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' workforce and wealth of institutional knowledge shrunk following years of budget cuts. Building back the office will both increase funding and an expansion of internal financial controls to balance year-to-year budgeting and to guard against external... more »

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Build back better essential programs that help protect workers.

Both the workforce and wealth of institutional knowledge at the OFCCP shrunk following years of budget cuts and de-prioritization. Building back better will require not only administrative changes to insulate the office from political changes, but also a significant renewed federal funding investment in the office, its purpose, and the millions it serves.

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Increase the minimum wage for federal contractors

Swiftly adopt, implement, and enforce the proposed rule to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $15 per hour in 2022 and index it to inflation. More details: https://civilrights.org/resource/re-public-comments-on-rin-1235-aa41-increasing-the-minimum-wage-for-federal-contractors/

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