Monday, May 29, 2017
In a somewhat overlooked portion of the recent proposed budget of the Trump administration, the President has outlined a proposal to merge the OFCCP and EEOC. As part of the merger, the budget would slash funding to the OFCCP and cut the workforce of the agency. There was immediate resistance in the civil rights community over the proposed merger, which would require Congressional approval. There is an excellent article on the implications of this proposal over at Bloomberg/BNA. From the article:
"The EEOC and the DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs would be combined to create 'one agency to combat employment discrimination,' according to the president’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. . . The agencies are expected to 'work collaboratively' to coordinate the transition by the end of fiscal 2018."
It is always difficult to gauge the likelihood of such a proposal actually going into effect, particularly where there is such strong resistance. We will continue to follow the potential impact of the proposed budget on all aspects of workplace law here.