Benefits and Compensation

Pay Transparency: What Are a Contractor’s Defenses?

By Susan Schoenfeld, JD

In September 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a final rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13665, Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information. The final rule and the EO prohibit federal contractors from discharging or discriminating in any way against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant.

The final rule is scheduled to take effect on January 11, 2016 for all covered federal contracts entered into or modified on or after January 11.

There are two broad categories that may not be protected under the final rule, and which employers can use to defend against alleged violations of the pay transparency rule.

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