Andrew Aitchison

Andrew Aitchison

Proskauer Rose LLP

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LGBT Rule Affecting Federal Contractors Will Become Effective April 8, 2015

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced a Final Rule prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and subcontractors. The Rule implements...more

12/11/2014 - Barack Obama Discrimination Employer Mandates Executive Orders Final Rules LGBT OFCCP

DOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Executive Order 13672’s Prohibition on Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender...

Yesterday, the Department of Labor announced a Final Rule prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and subcontractors. The Rule, which implements Executive Order 13672...more

12/5/2014 - Barack Obama Discrimination DOL Executive Orders Federal Contractors Final Rules Gender Identity OFCCP Sexual Orientation Discrimination Subcontractors

Lopez v. City of Lawrence Decision Criticizes “Disparate Impact” Analysis

In the context of analyzing a Title VII Civil Rights and Massachusetts law “disparate impact” claim, a federal court has cast considerable doubt on the efficacy of statistical tools employed in “disparate impact” analysis. In...more

11/14/2014 - Disparate Impact Employment Policies Job Promotions Law Enforcement Public Employees Title VII

OFCCP Issues Two New “FAQs”

The OFCCP recently added two new “FAQs” to its website to help explain contractors’ obligations under new Section 503 and VEVRAA regulations. The first addresses the information contractors must maintain related to efforts to...more

10/21/2014 - Disability Federal Contractors OFCCP Section 503 Self-Reporting VEVRAA

OMB Approves Changes to OFCCP Scheduling Letter

The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has approved changes to the current contractor scheduling letter and itemized listing used by OFCCP in compliance reviews. The new letter is expected to be released today. OFCCP...more

10/1/2014 - Compliance Federal Contractors OFCCP OMB VEVRAA Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

New VETS-4212 Rule Finalized – Contractors Must Report Aggregate Statistics

Changes to the VETS-100A report proposed by the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (“VETS”) earlier this year were approved and were published in the Federal Register last week. ...more

9/30/2014 - Affirmative Action DOL Federal Contractors Veterans VETS VETS-100

OFCCP Proposes Rule Regarding Pay Transparency for Federal Contractors

On Monday, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a proposed rule that would bar federal contractors from firing or otherwise retaliating against employees or applicants...more

9/18/2014 - Barack Obama DOL Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing OFCCP Proposed Regulation Retaliation Transparency Wages

New York Governor Cuomo Announces New Minimum Wage Policy for Thousands of Airport Workers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that employees of contractors and subcontractors at JFK and LaGuardia airports currently earning minimum wage are to receive a pay increase from $9.00 to $10.10. The policy, which also...more

8/11/2014 - Airports Contractors Employee Rights Minimum Wage Subcontractors Wages

OFCCP Issues Proposed Rule Requiring Annual Compensation Disclosures

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a proposed rule today that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide summary information on total W-2 compensation paid to employees by...more

8/7/2014 - EEO EEOC Federal Contractors OFCCP Subcontractors W-2

President Obama Amends Executive Order 11246 to Protect LGBT Workers of Government Contractors from Discrimination

As the White House announced last month, President Obama signed yesterday an Executive Order that bans workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) workers of federal contractors....more

7/23/2014 - Barack Obama Burwell v Hobby Lobby Discrimination DOL Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors Federal Employees LGBT OFCCP Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Obama Administration Announces Expansion of Executive Order 11246 to Protect LGBT Workers of Federal Government Contractors

Today, the White House announced that President Obama will issue an executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. According to White House staff, the...more

6/17/2014 - Barack Obama Discrimination Employer Liability Issues ENDA Executive Orders Federal Contractors Gender Discrimination Hiring & Firing Obama Administration Sexual Orientation Discrimination Subcontractors

OFCCP Expected to Issue Pay Data Tool and Retaliation Proposed Rules Later this Year

According to the Labor Department’s semiannual regulatory agenda, released on May 23, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) plans to issue proposed rules regarding federal contractor compensation...more

5/29/2014 - DOL Employer Mandates Executive Orders Federal Contractors OFCCP Pay Discrimination Proposed Regulation Public Employers Retaliation Transparency

First Circuit Rules on Scope of FCA First-to-File Rule in U.S. v. Bristol Myers Squibb, Inc.

The First Circuit ruled last week that an earlier-filed False Claims Act complaint will preclude a later-filed complaint if it arises out of the same underlying facts, even if the allegations are not identical. The...more

5/7/2014 - Bristol-Myers Squibb False Claims Act First-to-File Off-Label Use Pharmaceutical Relators

Federal Court Dismisses Overtime Claims Brought by Contractor Employee Working in Kuwait

On April 28, 2014, a Massachusetts federal court granted dismissal of a proposed class action alleging that Raytheon violated Kuwaiti law by failing to pay overtime to employees working in Kuwait on federal defense contracts....more

5/1/2014 - Class Action Defense Contracts Employment Contract Federal Acquisition Regulations Federal Contractors Raytheon Unpaid Overtime

Court Recognizes Limitations on Relator’s Ability to Bring Multiple Suits in U.S. v. Cellco

A federal circuit court decision issued last week recognizes important limitations on a relator’s ability to bring multiple lawsuits against the same contractor or alleging related fraud. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

4/15/2014 - First-to-File GSA Relators Verizon

Obama Requests Increased OFCCP Funding in FY 2015 Budget

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...more

4/9/2014 - Discrimination Equal Pay Federal Contractors OFCCP Wage and Hour Wages

District Court Rejects Challenge to Section 503 Final Rule

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...more

3/25/2014 - Affirmative Action Disability Federal Contractors OFCCP Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

Government Recommends Supreme Court NOT Hear Takeda Case

The U.S. Solicitor General has asked the Supreme Court not to hear an appeal in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against Takeda North America Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Fourth Circuit had dismissed the case because the...more

3/12/2014 - FCA Pharmaceutical Qui Tam SCOTUS Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Department of Defense Adopts Final Rule Implementing Whistleblower Amendments

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently adopted a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The rule implements increased whistleblower protections for contractor and subcontractor...more

2/28/2014 - DFARS DOD Whistleblowers

DOL Proposes Rule Requiring Contractors to Report Aggregate Veterans Information

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on Friday which would change reporting requirements for federal contractors under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act...more

2/25/2014 - DOL EEO-1 Federal Contractors OFCCP Reporting Requirements Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

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