Brian D. Pedrow

Brian D. Pedrow

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President Obama Issues Labor Day Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees

President Obama has issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year to their employees. The White House anticipates that the requirement could benefit more than...more

9/11/2015 - DOL Domestic Violence Employee Benefits Executive Orders Federal Contractors Obama Administration PTO Sexual Assault Sick Leave Stalking

Dodd-Frank diversity standards: just out of the gate and already under fire

Just days after the release of the final diversity standards under Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, several prominent lawmakers and business leaders have criticized the new standards for not going far enough to promote...more

6/26/2015 - CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank Employer Mandates Financial Institutions Joint Policy Statements OMWI Recruitment Policies

CFPB issues final diversity and inclusion standards

The CFPB was among six federal agencies that issued final new diversity and inclusion standards earlier this week. The other agencies were the OCC, Fed, FDIC, NCUA and SEC. The standards go into effect on June 10, 2015 and...more

6/12/2015 - Banking Sector CFPB Diversity and Inclusion Standards (D&I) Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve Financial Institutions NCUA OCC OMWI SEC

DOL Releases New FMLA Forms

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new forms for employers to use in connection with employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new forms, which replace the forms that expired in February,...more

6/11/2015 - DOL Employer Mandates FMLA GINA Required Forms

Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards Issued Jointly by Six Federal Agencies

Pursuant to a mandate contained in Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank or Act), six federal agencies jointly issued new Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Standards today. These...more

6/11/2015 - Diversity Diversity and Inclusion Standards (D&I) Dodd-Frank Employer Mandates Hiring & Firing OMWI Regulatory Standards

The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

5/6/2015 - CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank Federal Contractors OMWI

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Labor Department’s Interpretation of Overtime Rules for Mortgage Loan Officers

We know that many of you are aware of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association. The Court held that the U.S. Department of Labor was not required to follow notice and comment procedures in...more

3/23/2015 - Employer Liability Issues Exempt-Employees FLSA Mortgage Loan Officer Perez v Mortage Bankers Assoc SCOTUS Wage and Hour

Enhance Diversity & Inclusion Efforts in Four Areas CFPB, Audit Recommends

Last week, the Office of Inspector General published its findings following an audit assessing the CFPB’s human resources-related operations and other efforts for equal employment. The audit, which was conducted in response...more

3/19/2015 - CFPB Diversity Public Employees Working Groups

U.S. Supreme Court Notice, Comment Not Required for Federal Agencies Interpreting Regulations

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association that federal agencies are not required to use the Administrative Procedure Act's (APA) notice and comment procedures when issuing or making changes to...more

3/17/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act DOL FLSA Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Loan Officer Perez v Mortage Bankers Assoc Rulemaking Process SCOTUS Wage and Hour

IRS Issues Preliminary Guidance on Cadillac Tax

Monday, the Internal Revenue Service issued preliminary but much-anticipated guidance on the so-called Cadillac tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new notice offers very few concrete answers to employer...more

2/26/2015 - Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax IRS New Guidance

Diversity Reports at Two Federal Agencies Offer Glimpse of Regulatory Review under Impending Dodd-Frank Diversity Standards

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), signed by President Obama in 2010 in response to the financial crisis, includes a provision intended to remedy racial and gender discrepancies at...more

1/28/2015 - Diversity Dodd-Frank Employer Liability Issues FDIC Financial Institutions Gender Discrimination OCC OMWI Public Employers Race Discrimination Regulatory Agencies

Diversity reports at two federal agencies offer glimpse of regulatory review under impending Dodd-Frank diversity standards

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), signed by President Obama in 2010 in response to the financial crisis, includes a provision intended to remedy racial and gender discrepancies at...more

1/19/2015 - Diversity Dodd-Frank FDIC Financial Institutions Government Agencies OCC OMWI

Philadelphia Mayor's Task Force Recommends Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

A task force appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to examine the impact of paid sick leave legislation recently released its final report that recommends Philadelphia employers with 15 or more workers should provide paid sick...more

12/4/2014 - Employee Rights Local Ordinance Paid Leave Sick Leave

Federal Court Finds No Willful Violation for Misclassification of Mortgage Loan Officers

A federal court in Oklahoma delivered another blow to claims by mortgage loan officers that they are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Chapman v. BOK Financial Corporation, the court...more

9/15/2014 - Employee Rights FLSA Loan Officer Misclassification Mortgages Popular

DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Requiring Equal Pay Report

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the regulations implementing Executive Order 11246, which addresses affirmative action requirements for federal contractors and...more

8/18/2014 - Contractors DOL Federal Contractors OFCCP Subcontractors

Executive Order Requires New Disclosures for Federal Contractors

On Thursday, July 31, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order called "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces," requiring covered federal contractors and subcontractors to publicly report labor violations, to forgo the use of...more

8/6/2014 - ADA ADEA Barack Obama Disclosure Requirements Executive Orders Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces FAR Federal Contractors FLSA FMLA Mandatory Arbitration Clauses OSHA Subcontractors Title VII

CFPB: Industry Should 'Start Now' To Comply with Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Standards

I recently participated in a panel presentation at the MBA Strategic Markets and Diversity Summit in Washington, D.C. Stuart Ishimaru, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Minority and Women...more

7/3/2014 - CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank Employer Liability Issues Proposed Regulation

CFPB: Industry should “start now” to comply with workplace diversity and inclusion standards

On June 26, 2014, I participated in a panel presentation at the MBA Strategic Markets and Diversity Summit, in Washington, D.C. Stuart Ishimaru, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Minority and...more

6/30/2014 - Banks CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank EEOC Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies FDIC Hiring & Firing NCUA OCC SEC

DOL Proposed Rule Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10 for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for employees staffing any of four categories of federal contracts. The proposed rule implements an executive...more

6/19/2014 - Barack Obama Construction Contracts DOL Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors Minimum Wage Proposed Regulation Service Contracts Wage and Hour

President Obama Signs Two Executive Actions Strengthening Equal Pay Laws

Yesterday, President Obama signed two executive actions designed to strengthen equal pay laws and narrow pay disparities based on gender or race. The executive order and presidential memorandum marked National Equal Pay...more

4/10/2014 - Barack Obama Disclosure Requirements Equal Pay Executive Orders Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing Just Compensation

Firing Alcoholic Employee for Relapse Is Not ADA Violation, Third Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that a freight transportation company did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other antidiscrimination laws when it fired an alcoholic employee...more

11/5/2013 - ADA Drug & Alcohol Abuse Hiring & Firing Termination Wine & Alcohol

New Affirmative Action Rules Mandate Hiring Targets, Employee Surveys for Government Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released revised affirmative action rules for government contractors and subcontractors affecting hiring and retention practices for veterans and individuals with...more

9/17/2013 - ADA Affirmative Action Disability Employee Retention Federal Contractors OFCCP Rehabilitation Act Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

Loan Officers Petition D.C. Circuit To Review Decision Regarding Overtime Exemption

Three loan officers at Quicken Loans Inc. have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for en banc reconsideration of a recent ruling that invalidated U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance...more

9/9/2013 - DOL Exemptions FLSA Loans Mortgage Servicers Mortgages Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

FMLA Coverage Extended to Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on August 9 issued a revised Fact Sheet to provide guidance on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections for same-sex couples....more

8/15/2013 - DOL DOMA Employee Benefits Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Thomas Perez US v Windsor

Criminal Background Check Policies under Fire from the EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to crack down on allegedly discriminatory employer policies and practices involving criminal background checks....more

7/26/2013 - CFPB Criminal Background Checks Discrimination Dodd-Frank Dollar General EEOC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Race Discrimination Title VII Truth in Lending Act (TILA)

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