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OFCCP Announces Record Year for Monetary Settlements
On Friday, October 25, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced OFCCP’s final settlement numbers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (FY2019 ended on September 30, 2019). According to the news release, OFCCP obtained a record $40,569,816 in monetary settlements for affected class members during the last fiscal year. This figure represents $16 million more in settlement dollars than was collected by OFCCP in FY2018, which at the time was a record setting figure.
The OFCCP’s monetary settlement total over the last three fiscal years is the agency’s highest three-year period ever. In fact, the total monetary settlements from FY17-FY19 is higher than the previous seven fiscal years combined. The news release attributes some of the settlements, in part, to OFCCP’s implementation of Early Resolution Procedures, which “…led to a number of corporate-wide settlements early in the review process.”
DOL also stated that the agency fielded more than 4,500 Help Desk inquiries, another single fiscal year record. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia also took note of the record setting year for OFCCP, saying “These results illustrate the effectiveness of jointly using compliance assistance and enforcement to support American workers.”