Back in September 2020, then-President Trump signed Executive Order 13950 "Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping" to address workplace diversity training provided by government contractors and applying to government contracts signed after November 21, 2020. The main concern of the EO was that contractors provide training that did not contain the words "privilege" or "superiority" or foster the idea that there is a hierarchy in society based on race or gender.
In December 2020, a nationwide preliminary injunction was enacted that prohibited the OFCCP and any other government agencies from enforcing EO 13950. On January 20, 2021, President Biden officially revoked EO 13950 by issuing Executive Order 13985, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.” EO 13985 rescinded the posted FAQs regarding EO 13950 and shut down the hotline that was set up to accept complaints.
As stated by the new Executive Order, “[e]qual opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy and our diversity in one of our country’s greatest strengths." Organizations have been focused on educating employees for many years on the topics of diversity, unconscious bias, and inclusivity. Employers should continue to provide diversity and inclusion training and MRA can help.
We provide harassment prevention training and other diversity-related training to align with your current diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. In addition, we host an annual DEI Leadership Conference, held virtually in 2021 on May 13th, to further educate, inform, and inspire your team toward their goals.