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Affirmative Action Requirements Apply to All Facilities of Government Contractors

June 01, 1999

By Amanda S. Amert

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion on March 4, 1999 reaffirming the rule that affirmative action requirements apply to all facilities of government contractors, not just those participating in completion of government contracts. While the holding of Trinity Industries v. Herman does not represent a departure from existing law, it underscores the importance of effective communication and management structures for all government contractors to ensure company-wide compliance. Communication is particularly important among different facilities of the same company to guarantee compliance with the requirements.