by Art Gutman Ph.D., Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
The Bill was introduced by Congressman Rodney Alexander, Republican from Louisiana. The stated purpose of the bill is:
To provide that a certain proposed rule published by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs shall have no force or effect unless the Department of Labor is first certified to be in compliance with such rule.
The bill is entitled the ‘‘Equal Standards in Hiring Americans Act’’ (or ESHAA), and squarely addresses the OFCCP regulations on Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act issued on December 9, 2011 (76 5 Fed. Reg. 77056 et seq.), as well as any other rule that is “substantially the same.”