Today, in connection with “Equal Pay Day” ceremonies at the White House, President Obama issued an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum aimed at ensuring that employees of Federal government contractors and subcontractors are not discriminated against with regard to compensation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Presidential Memorandum … Continue Reading
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
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
Connie N. Bertram, Co-Chair of the Government Contractor Compliance Group, was quoted in an article in the Washington Post discussing the Navy Yard shootings. Ms. Bertram reminded contractors of the obligation to notify the government of threatening and violent conduct by employees with security clearances. She also emphasized that contractors have an independent right under … Continue Reading
Yesterday a significant expansion of whistleblower protections for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors took effect. The National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (“NDAA”) extended whistleblower protections to an employee of a “contractor, subcontractor, or grantee” who makes a claim of gross mismanagement, gross waste, abuse of authority, a substantial and specific danger to public … Continue Reading
Earlier this week, the federal district court for the District of Columbia ruled that three hospitals providing medical services through an HMO to U.S. government employees are “subcontractors” subject to OFCCP’s jurisdiction. The decision shows that OFCCP has successfully been able to expand the definition of “subcontractor” and hence its jurisdiction to enforce affirmative action … Continue Reading
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