On January 20, 2021, Charlotte A. Burrows was designated by President Biden as chair of the EEOC. Less than two months later, on March 5, 2021, the .. Read more administration removed Sharon Fast Gustafson, who had been appointed by President Trump for a four-year term ending in August 2023, as general counsel of the agency.. These developments occurred on the heels of two major changes implemented by prior EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon: (1) On January 7, 2021, the Commission approved a final rule requiring greater transparency in the conciliation process; and (2) effective January 13, 2021, the Commission modified the delegation of authority previously granted to the EEOC's general counsel, thus giving the Commission more authority over litigation filed by the agency. These new rules will remain in effect, despite being opposed by the EEOC's current chair. The Commission currently is in the unusual situation of having a 3-2 Republican majority and a Democratic chair, which will continue until at least the summer of 2022, when the Commission may switch to a Democratic majority. As we look back over the past year and plan for 2021, this webinar will discuss these recent developments as well as highlights from Littler's annual report on EEOC developments.
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