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U.S. Labor Dept. Waives Affirmative Action Contract Compliance Requirements March 23, 2020: On March 17, 2020, the US Department of Labor waived contractor affirmative action requirements for three months as COVID-19 presses companies and federal agencies to quickly meet demands. The Department stated that the waiver will 'help federal agencies and federal contractors engaged in relief efforts to protect the safety, security and health of the American people' In 2005, the Department issued a similar three-month waiver for contractor affirmative action rules to aid in Hurricane Katrina recovery. Inclusive Viewpoint: During the COVID-19 crisis, we need to leverage all available resources. Now is NOT the time to waive affirmative action requirements. This bias policy assumes that minority, women and veteran-owned businesses provide inferior quality, higher cost and slower delivery than non-diverse businesses and will put the health, safety and security of our citizens at risk. This is a shameful policy and this type of bias policy must stop!

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