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If You Work For a Federal Contractor, You Have More Rights Than You Thought You Did. Thanks, Obama!
Posted on 6 Oct 2015 by Donna Ballman

President Obama has been firing up his mighty pen and issuing Executive Orders left and right. Well, left anyhow. Some of those orders may benefit you. If you work for a company that does business with or gets money from the Federal government, you probably... Read More

President Obama Signs Executive Order Significantly Limiting When Employers with Federal Contracts of $1M+ Can Mandate Arbitration
Posted on 18 Aug 2014 by Lorene Schaefer

Effective immediately, companies who want to bid on federal contracts valued at $1M+ can no longer require their employees or independent contractors to waive their right to a jury trial for discrimination, harassment or sexual assault claims. On July... Read More

2016 "Contractor Minimum Wage" Rate Released
Posted on 21 Sep 2015 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2016 wage-rate floor required by President Obama's "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors" Executive Order 13658 . The Order has been implemented through regulations appearing at 29 C.F.R... Read More

Would the WARN Act Apply in the Event of a Federal Budget Sequestration?
Posted on 9 Aug 2012 by Edwin Hopson

On July 30, 2012, an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor issued an advisory and guidance to federal contractors concerning the applicability of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) to possible layoffs occasioned... Read More

Paid Sick Leave Expansion Continues – This Time to Federal Contracting
Posted on 28 Oct 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

by Joseph U. Leonoro Last month, on Labor Day, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors. The Executive Order will apply to employees working on federal government contracts that are solicited or... Read More

OFCCP Issues Final Rule Implementing Executive Order 13665
Posted on 26 Oct 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

by Jana P. Grimm On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13665, amending section 202 of Executive Order 11246 which had previously prohibited employment discrimination by federal contractors based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual... Read More

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Pay Transparency Rule for Employees of Federal Contractors
Posted on 25 Sep 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

While the proposed changes are not yet in effect and are subject to change following a public comment period, federal contractors and subcontractors to whom the rule would apply if finalized should stay abreast of the status of the rule. On September... Read More

LGBT Rules for Federal Contractors Now in Effect
Posted on 10 Apr 2015 by Jon Hyman

If you are a federal contractor or subcontractor, this is big week for you. On April 8, the OFCCP’s Final Rule Implementing Executive Order 13672 Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Contractors and Subcontractors... Read More

Feds Impose LGBT Affirmative Action on Federal Contractors
Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Jon Hyman

If you are a federal contractor of subcontractor, in four months you will have new affirmative action obligations relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. According to a Final Rule issued last week by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance... Read More

Executive Order Expands Paid Sick Leave to Federal Contractors
Posted on 10 Sep 2015 by Barran Liebman LLP

by Tyler Volm Earlier this week on Labor Day, President Obama announced a new executive order that will require federal contractors and subcontractors to offer employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. The sick leave is protected leave... Read More

Duane Morris-U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Rule to Collect Compensation Data from Federal Contractors
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

In anticipation of the proposed rule being finalized in 2015, employers should consider reviewing and revising their current compensation systems and practices with the assistance of legal counsel in advance, to proactively identify and address any compensation... Read More

To Pay or Not to Pay Furloughed Federal Contractors
Posted on 17 Oct 2013 by Sands Anderson PC

by Karen Elliott Many federal contractors are feeling the financial pinch of the shutdown. While Congress is wondering whether or not it should pay its employees for their furloughed time, private businesses who contract with the federal government... Read More

President Obama Orders Contractors To Disclose Labor Violations, Stop Mandatory Arbitration
Posted on 13 Aug 2014 by Donna Ballman

In a gutsy and controversial move, President Obama signed an executive order placing new tough restrictions on federal contractors. If your employer contracts with the federal government it may have to disclose all labor violations in order to bid, and... Read More