The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that, as of April 18, 2014, the fine for organizations failing to comply with the “EEO is Law” posting requirements will increase from $110 to $210 per violation. The “EEO is Law” poster, which is enforced by the EEOC, serves to inform applicants and employees of their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). The EEOC has raised the fine to adjust for inflation in accordance with the Federal Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990. The fine was last raised in 1997.
As a reminder, the poster requirements apply to federal contractors and subcontractors who meet the $10,000 threshold for the non-discrimination provisions of Executive Order 11246. The poster must be placed in an area that is commonly accessed by employees (e.g., a break room), and contractors must have knowledge that employees working remotely have access to the poster (e.g., ensuring remote employees have internet access and posting to the company intranet). In accordance with the new regulations under VEVRAA and Section 503, the poster must be hung in a format that is “accessible and understandable” to individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. This may involve hanging the poster at a level that is readable for individuals in wheelchairs. The poster must also be integrated into the online application process via a conspicuous link.
By: Rachel Gabbard, M.A,. HR Analyst and Joanna Colosimo, M.A., Senior Consultant