Cara Yates Crotty

Cara Yates Crotty

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

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DOL’s New Online Tool May Result In More OFCCP Complaints

The U.S. Department of Labor recently rolled out www.worker.gov, an online tool designed to help employees file various types of complaints against their employers. The White House announced that the website will assist...more

11/16/2016 - DOL Federal Contractors OFCCP Wage and Hour

Labor and Employment Law in a Trump Administration

How will employers fare under a Trump Administration? We’ve asked for comment from the thought leaders and heads of the practice areas that are likely to be affected the most. Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance Will...more

11/10/2016 - Donald Trump EEO-1 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors LGBT OFCCP Paid Leave Pay Transparency Section 503 Sex Discrimination Sick Leave TRICARE VEVRAA Wage and Hour

Will President-Elect Trump Take Some Pressure Off Federal Contractors?

For the past eight years, as President Obama was unable to push much of his legislative agenda through Congress, federal contractors have faced an onslaught of increasing regulatory burdens and an aggressive enforcement...more

11/10/2016 - Donald Trump EEO-1 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors LGBT OFCCP Paid Leave Pay Transparency Section 503 Sex Discrimination Sick Leave TRICARE VEVRAA

Finally Some Sanity For Federal Contractors! Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction On Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule

On the eve of the effective date, a federal judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction, stopping implementation of the majority of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule. As my colleague Jon Yarbrough recently reported,...more

10/27/2016 - DOL Executive Orders Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Federal Contractors Preliminary Injunctions

DOL Issues Final Rule Requiring Paid Sick Leave For Some Federal Contractor Employees

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor published its Final Rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. President Obama issued the Executive Order on Labor Day 2015, and the...more

10/4/2016 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions DOL Executive Orders Federal Contractors Final Rules Paid Leave PTO Sick Leave Sick Pay Wage and Hour

BREAKING: DOL Releases Final Rule On Paid Sick Leave For Employees Of Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on September 29, 2016 its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. We are reviewing the Final Rule and will publish an...more

9/30/2016 - DOL Federal Contractors Final Rules FLSA Paid Leave Sick Leave

Will “ban the box” backfire?

Ever since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions in 2012, many state and local jurisdictions have adopted...more

9/14/2016 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks EEOC Enforcement Guidance Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

Will These Mandates Really Result In "Fairer Pay And Safer Workplaces," Or Will They Just Increase Administrative Burdens For...

Despite a litany of reasons to delay implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the U.S. Department of Labor have, respectively, issued their Final Rule...more

8/31/2016 - ADA Civil Rights Act Davis-Bacon Act DOL Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) FLSA FMLA Labor Law Violations OSHA Subcontractors Title VII Wage and Hour

Final Rule and Guidance on Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Released

Today the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published its Final Rule and the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Final Guidance to implement President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The new...more

8/26/2016 - Disclosure Requirements DOL Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Subcontractors

Is The OFCCP’s Take On The Internet Applicant Rule Outdated?

A recent Q & A from the “Workologist” column in the New York Times caught my eye. The correspondent was asking how to ensure that a résumé submitted online actually gets reviewed by the hiring company. That is a...more

7/21/2016 - Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing Job Applicants OFCCP

Labor Complaints To Be Reported To Federal Database Of “Bad” Employers

To assist federal contractors in their compliance with the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order – which to date still has no final implementing regulations – the National Labor Relations Board has graciously offered...more

7/7/2016 - Executive Orders Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors Labor Law Violations NLRB

Norfolk Southern Unit Agrees To Pay OFCCP $492K For Alleged Race Bias In Hiring

Do you need a reason to monitor your hiring and keep good records? Here’s one. Alleging race discrimination in the hiring process, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has settled with a unit of Norfolk...more

7/7/2016 - Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing OFCCP Race Discrimination Recordkeeping Requirements

OFCCP Issues Final Rule on Sex Discrimination

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its Final Rule on Discrimination on the Basis of Sex. The new regulations rescind the OFCCP’s prior Sex Discrimination Guidelines and give regulatory effect...more

6/22/2016 - EEOC Federal Contractors Gender Identity Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Hostile Environment OFCCP Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Sex Discrimination Title VII

Reminder: OFCCP Pay Transparency Rule Takes Effect Monday!

The OFCCP’s Final Rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees and applicants who ask about or discuss compensation goes into effect this Monday, January 11...more

1/8/2016 - Employee Handbooks Employment Discrimination Federal Contractors OFCCP Pay Transparency

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors set to Increase

President Obama's Executive Order requiring certain federal contractors and subcontractors to pay an increased hourly minimum wage includes a mandate that the Secretary of Labor determine increases to the wage rate on an...more

9/22/2015 - Barack Obama DOL Executive Orders Federal Contractors Minimum Wage Subcontractors Wage and Hour

OFCCP Issues Regulations on "Pay Transparency"

Today the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13665, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees and applicants who ask about or...more

9/14/2015 - Affirmative Action Compensation & Benefits Defense Strategies Discrimination EEO Employer Liability Issues Essential Functions Executive Orders Federal Contractors Final Rules OFCCP Protected Activity Retaliation Subcontractors Transparency

Obama Orders Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Some Federal Contractors

On Labor Day, President Obama signed another Executive Order aimed at federal contractors. This time, certain federal contractors will be required to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave annually to their employees....more

9/10/2015 - Barack Obama Corporate Counsel DOL Executive Orders Federal Contractors Paid Leave Sick Leave Wage and Hour

Affirmative Action Alert: Agencies issue proposals on "Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces" Executive Order

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the U.S. Department of Labor issued simultaneous proposals to implement President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The Executive Order, signed last July,...more

6/3/2015 - Administrative Merits Determinations Affirmative Action Arbitration Arbitration Awards DOL EEOC Enforcement Actions Executive Orders Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Federal Contractors OFCCP Popular Public Disclosure Subcontractors Suspensions & Debarments VEVRAA

VEVRAA hiring benchmark drops again

As announced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the updated national percentage of veterans in the workforce is continuing to decline, now at 7 percent....more

4/23/2015 - Benchmarks Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing OFCCP VEVRAA

OFCCP Proposes Updated Sex Discrimination Rules

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced a proposed rule to update the agency's sex discrimination regulations. The OFCCP's existing guidelines on sex discrimination were issued in 1970 and, admittedly, do...more

1/30/2015 - Discrimination EEOC Gender Discrimination Guidance Update OFCCP Pregnancy Discrimination Sex Discrimination Title VII

OFCCP Releases Final Rule on LGBT Non-Discrimination

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced yesterday that it is issuing a Final Rule implementing President Obama's Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the bases of...more

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

Happy Turkey Day from the OFCCP! (not)

Once again, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will ruin the holidays for thousands of federal contractors. The OFCCP announced last week that it plans to issue Courtesy Scheduling Announcement Letters, or...more

11/18/2014 - Federal Contractors OFCCP Scheduling Letters

OMB Finally Approves New Scheduling Letter And Itemized Listing

Three years after submitting its proposed revisions to the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced yesterday that it has finally received approval for its revised...more

10/2/2014 - Audits Federal Contractors OFCCP OMB Reporting Requirements Scheduling Letters

OFCCP Announces Another Proposed Rule: No More Pay Secrecy!

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that it will publish its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on "pay transparency" in tomorrow's Federal Register and provided a link to the pre-publication version on...more

9/17/2014 - Barack Obama Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors OFCCP Rulemaking Process Subcontractors Transparency Wages

OFCCP Proposes "Equal Pay Report" for Contractors to go with EEO-1

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Friday in response to President Obama's April directive that the agency develop a tool for compensation data collection. The OFCCP...more

8/12/2014 - Barack Obama EEO-1 Employer Liability Issues Equal Pay Report Federal Contractors OFCCP Rulemaking Process Subcontractors

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