The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is rescinding two Bush-era pay discrimination guidance documents and replacing them with broader and more flexible investigation procedures, the department announced Feb. 26.

“Today, we are lifting arbitrary barriers that have prevented our investigators from finding and combating illegal pay discrimination,” OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu said in statement. “At the same time, we are providing clear guidance for contractors to facilitate their success when it comes to providing equal opportunity to all of their workers.”

The two guidance documents rescinded effective Feb. 28 include interpretive standards utilized by OFCCP in...