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Biden Signs DE&I Executive Order, Post-Pandemic Compensation Challenges, and EEOC Conciliation Process

In today’s Weekend Roundup, discover more about the signed executive order by President Biden on DE&I, how to navigate post-pandemic compensation challenges, and President Biden’s signing of an EEOC conciliation process resolution. Click the headlines below to learn more!

Biden Signs Executive Order to Promote DE&I in Federal Hiring, Training

President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order on June 25 to strengthen and advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) throughout the federal government.

“As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government must be a model for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, where all employees are treated with dignity and respect,” the order states.

Navigating Post-Pandemic Compensation Challenges

Beginning in March 2020 and stretching into 2021, employers made drastic changes to employee pay as business dried up and uncertainty reigned.

A survey of 2,800 senior managers at U.S. companies, conducted by staffing firm Robert Half during the second half of 2020, found that 57 percent of respondents had suspended salary increases as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation settled and companies began to feel more confident about their prospects, they reconsidered:

  • 27 percent said their companies would provide salary increases by the end of 2020.
  • 43 percent expected to raise pay during the first half of 2021.

Biden Signs Resolution Removing Overhaul to EEOC Conciliation Process

  • The House of Representatives voted to approve Thursday a joint resolution disapproving of a January final rule published by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that made changes to the agency’s conciliation process.
  • The final rule updated EEOC’s conciliation process for charges involving the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The rule revised the agency’s information-sharing requirements during conciliation, “particularly with respect to its findings and demands,” per the rule.
  • Originally introduced and passed in the Senate, the resolution now moves to the desk of President Joe Biden.

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