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
The federal government shutdown is now entering its third week. Although there are some hopeful signs here in Washington that an agreement that will allow the federal government to reopen will be reached, it is unclear when a deal will be forged.
This political tug-of-war has left many government contractors in limbo. Already facing stop-work orders and lost revenue, many government contractors that had hoped short-term, stopgap measures would get them through a brief shutdown are facing the tough employment law realities arising from a protracted government shutdown with no definitive end in sight.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) suspended its operations on October 1, 2013 as part of the Federal government shutdown. Under the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) appropriations contingency plan, OFCCP will furlough all of its employees during the shutdown. Federal contractors and subcontractors will not receive communications or…