On December 19, 2016, the Department of Labor issued final regulations updating the nondiscrimination, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action regulations that were last revised in 1978. Apprenticeship programs will be required to update their non-discrimination pledge, equal employment opportunity internal procedures, and affirmative action plan. The updates to the regulations become effective on January 18, 2017, but there are several different compliance deadlines for the updates. Apprenticeship programs will need to implement several new updates by the first compliance deadline of July 17, 2017. The regulations apply to all sponsors of apprenticeship registered with the U.S. Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agency.
Most Urgent Next Steps:
The following items should be a sponsor’s first priority in order to meet the compliance deadline of July 17, 2017. These items are discussed more in depth below.
- Update your nondiscrimination pledges and any necessary documentation containing the pledges (standards, affirmative action plan, notice of openings, etc.).
- Designate an individual to be responsible for the equal opportunity standards (usually the Coordinator).
- Develop internal procedures to be followed for equal opportunity standards, including communication to journeyworkers and employers regularly engaged with the program.
- Implement nondiscrimination and harassment policies and training, including with journeyworkers and employers regularly engaged with the program.
- Develop a list of recruitment sources with contact information for women, minorities and the disabled.
- Develop a process to maintain medical records of apprentices in separate confidential medical files.
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Contact Jennifer E. Germaine with any questions on this JATC Bulletin.