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Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Requiring State Contractors To Report Job Title And Pay Data

Posted in Employment Law, Labor Law

On January 9, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order that requires state contractors to disclose, in addition to data on gender, race, and ethnicity that is already required, job title and salary data for all of their employees working on state contracts (or their entire workforce if those working on state… Continue Reading

Confidentiality Agreements of Federal Contractor Employees – Changes To The Federal Acquisition Regulations Are Coming Soon

Posted in Federal Acquisitions

Confidentiality agreements for employees of federal contractors are increasingly coming under scrutiny by federal agencies. In late 2014, as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (the “Act”), Congress prohibited the appropriation of federal funds to government contractors whose confidentiality policies restrict employees from reporting fraud, waste, or abuse to investigative agencies. The… Continue Reading

Tampa Council Says No to “Ban the Box” Law for City Contractors, Seeks Alternative Legislation

Posted in Employment Law

Last Thursday, Tampa’s City Council declined to pass a law that would have “banned the box” for city contractors.  “Ban the box” refers to a movement at the state and local levels of government to remove the check box from job applications that ask whether the candidate has a criminal history.  In lieu of banning… Continue Reading

Obama Requests Increased OFCCP Funding in FY 2015 Budget

Posted in OFCCP

On March 4, 2014, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez released OFCCP’s FY 2015 budget request, which includes a request for over $107 million in funding for OFCCP’s operations.  This amount represents a $3 million increase over 2014, including funding for an additional 10 full-time equivalent employees. Significant in the FY 2015 budget is a request… Continue Reading

White House Announces Additional Executive Orders For Federal Government Contractors

Posted in OFCCP

President Obama is expected to sign two executive orders that will impose additional compliance obligations on federal government contractors.  The first order will reportedly bar federal contractors from retaliating against employees for discussing pay issues with co-workers.  The President is also expected to sign a second executive order directing the Department of Labor to promulgate… Continue Reading

DOD Issues Proposed Rule Extending Limitations on Contractor Employee Personal Conflicts of Interest

Posted in Federal Acquisitions

The Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have issued a proposed rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) to extend the limitations on contractor employee personal conflicts of interest.  The proposed rule will extend those limitations to the performance of all functions that are closely associated… Continue Reading

OFCCP Adds New Resources to Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory

Posted in Disability, OFCCP

Last month, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) created the Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory.  The goal of the Directory is to assist contractors in locating community and other resources for recruiting veterans and individuals with disabilities.  The Directory contains a non-exhaustive list of groups and organizations that are available to provide… Continue Reading

District Court Rejects Challenge to Section 503 Final Rule

Posted in Disability, OFCCP

On Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in favor of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) recent rule implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, denying a challenge by the Associated Builders and Contractors trade organization (“ABC”).  As a result, OFCCP’s Rule—“Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and… Continue Reading

OFCCP Publishes FAQs Addressing Implementation of the New VEVRAA and Section 503 Final Rules

Posted in Affirmative Action Plan (AAP), Department of Labor, Employment Law, OFCCP

On December 17, 2013, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published additional Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on the implementation of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act final rules. As discussed in prior Government Contractor Compliance & Regulatory Update posts on August 27,… Continue Reading

Joint Standards Proposed for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Dodd-Frank Covered Entities

Posted in Discrimination, Employment Law

On November 5, 2013, Proskauer issued a Client Alert providing an analysis of the jointly-proposed standards for assessing the diversity policies and practices of entities subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  Attached is a link to the Client Alert.  Please be sure to check the Government Contractor Compliance… Continue Reading

Post-Shutdown Issues Facing Government Contractors Who Employ Foreign Nationals in the United States

Posted in Compensation, Employment Law, OFCCP

Connie N. Bertram, co-head of Proskauer’s DC Labor and Employment practice and co-head of the Government Contractor Compliance and Relations Group, was interviewed by Human Resource Executive regarding the impact of the government shutdown on government contractors.  Ms. Bertram highlighted the dilemma facing contractors who received a stop-work order and who employ foreign nationals in… Continue Reading

Preparing for Future Government Shutdowns

Posted in Employment Law, Labor Law, OFCCP

Connie N. Bertram, co-head of Proskauer’s DC Labor and Employment practice and co-head of the Government Regulatory Compliance and Relations Group, was interviewed by Metropolitan Corporate Counsel regarding the impact of the government shutdown on government contractors and the steps contractors should take in preparation for another possible government shutdown and debt default.  Ms. Bertram… Continue Reading

Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors in the Wake of the Federal Government Shutdown

Posted in Department of Labor, Employment Law, Federal Acquisitions, OFCCP

On October 4, 2013, Proskauer issued a Client Alert providing guidance to federal contractors regarding key legal questions that have arisen as a result of the government shutdown.  Attached is a link to the Client Alert.  Please be sure to check the Government Contractor Compliance & Regulatory Update or subscribe to the RSS feed for… Continue Reading

Availability of Retroactive Compensation to Contractors Post-Government Shutdown

Posted in Compensation, Federal Acquisitions

Connie N. Bertram, Co-Chair of the Government Contractor Compliance Group, was quoted in an article in the Washington Post yesterday discussing the compensation of employees of contractors impacted by the government shutdown.  Ms. Bertram explained that employees of government contractors who have been furloughed as a consequence of the shutdown may not receive compensation beyond… Continue Reading

OFCCP Announced a Series of Consent Decrees Impacting Contractors Prior to the Government Shutdown

Posted in Compensation, Department of Labor, Discrimination, OFCCP

Medtronic, Inc. and Medtronic Interventional Vascular, Inc. A Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) approved a consent decree on September 16, 2013 between the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and Medtronic, Inc. (“Medtronic”) to settle claims of national origin discrimination in pay.

Interim Rules on Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees Issued by DOD, GSA and NASA

Posted in Employment Law, Federal Acquisitions, Security, Whistleblower

On September 27, 2013, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced interim rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (“DFAR”) outlining enhancements to whistleblower protections for contractor employees (the “Program”).  The interim rules implement Section 828 of the National Defense Authorization Act… Continue Reading

FAR Provision on Human Trafficking Proposed

Posted in Employment Law, Federal Acquisitions

On September 26, 2013, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register seeking to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) to implement recent mandates aimed at stemming human trafficking.  In addition to codifying the current zero-tolerance policy against human trafficking, FAR… Continue Reading

OFCCP Sets Deadline for Implementation of 2010 Census Data

Posted in Affirmative Action Plan (AAP), Department of Labor, OFCCP

On May 15, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that covered federal contractors will have until January 1, 2014 to start using  2010 Census data for determining availability when preparing annual affirmative action plans.  Contractors may continue to use the “old” census data (the Census 2000 Special EEO File) for plan… Continue Reading

Three California Contractors Fined a Total of $1.8 Million For Willful Violation of CA Wage, Apprenticeship Laws

Posted in Labor Law

As reported in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, three contractors were found by the California Labor Commissioner to have “willfully” violated state wage and apprenticeship laws.  The contractors were ordered to pay over $1.8 million in back wages, apprenticeship funds, fines and penalties. The Labor Commissioner’s office, also known as the Division of Labor… Continue Reading