On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13672, amending Executive Order 11246, applicable to federal contractors and subcontractors, to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the categories protected by E.O. 11246. On August 19, 2014, the Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, issued a Directive to “clarify that OFCCP interprets federal contractor and subcontractor nondiscrimination obligations to include the protection of individuals on the bases of gender identity and transgender status. Today, OFCCP published its final rule implementing E.O. 13672. The rule will be effective on April 4, 2015, 120 days following the rule’s publication in the Federal Register, and will apply to federal contracts entered into or modified after the effective date.
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