Debra Friedman

Debra Friedman

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2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

1/12/2017 - 21st Century Cures Initiative ADA Affordable Care Act Ambush Election Rules Anti-Retaliation Provisions Antitrust Provisions Arbitration Asset Seizure Ban the Box Blacklist Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. Criminal Investigations DACA Decriminalization of Marijuana Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Disability Discrimination DOJ DOL Dream Act E-Verify EB-5 EB-5 Regional Centers Educational Institutions EEO-1 EEOC Email Policies Employee Definition Employee Handbooks Employee Restrooms Employees Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors FLSA Foreign Workers FTC Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Gig Economy Graduate Students H-1B Healthcare Hospitals HRA Immigrants Immigration Reform Independent Contractors Intellectual Property Protection Joint Employers Management Rights Clauses Marijuana Medical Marijuana Mexico Minimum Salary Minimum Wage Misclassification NLRA NLRB Non-Compete Agreements Obama Administration OFCCP Over-Time Pay Transparency Persuader Rules Protected Activity Right to Strike Section 7 Sick Leave Small Business Staffing Agencies Teaching Assistants Trump Administration Unions USCIS Wage and Hour Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers White-Collar Exemptions Witness Statements

Federal Contractors Might Be in for a Wild Ride in 2017

President Obama has signed multiple executive orders impacting federal contractors throughout his administration, and 2016 has been a particularly active year for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). In...more

1/9/2017 - Blacklist Executive Orders Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors Labor Law Violations Mandatory Arbitration Clauses OFCCP Paid Sick Leave Act Pay Transparency

2014/2015 Labor and Employment Observer

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - On the Horizon: Is Obama Remaking the Workplace While Leaving Congress Behind? - The 2014 Supreme Court Decisions Every Employer Should Know - What to Expect from the...more

1/2/2015 - Affordable Care Act Barack Obama Big Data Cybersecurity E-Verify EEOC Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates I-9 Immigration Procedures Legislative Agendas LGBT Marijuana Medical Marijuana NLRB PDA Pregnancy SCOTUS Social Media Social Media Policy Strategic Enforcement Plan Unpaid Interns Whistleblowers

OFCCP Announces Proposed Rule on Pay Transparency

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a proposed rule on pay transparency, to be published in the September 17, 2014 Federal Register. ...more

9/17/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors OFCCP Proposed Regulation Subcontractors Transparency Wages

Obama Issues Executive Order Scrutinizing Labor Practices of Federal Contractors

President Obama does it again, issuing yet another Executive Order aimed at those seeking to do business with the federal government. On July 31, 2014, Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which the...more

8/5/2014 - Discrimination Employee Rights Executive Orders Federal Contractors Safety Precautions

President Obama Wields His Executive Power Once Again to Target Federal Contractors on Pay Issues

On April 8, 2014, President Obama took two significant actions in the employee pay arena. He signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against their applicants and employees for inquiring...more

4/10/2014 - Barack Obama Disclosure DOL Executive Orders Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Wages

Labor And Employment Observer - 2013/2014

In This Issue: Message from the Chair; Social Media and the Workplace: 2013 and Beyond; Unpaid Internships: Training Ground or Legal Landmine?; Supreme Court’s Nassar Decision Sets Higher Causation Standard for a...more

1/7/2014 - Affirmative Action Background Checks Big Data Causation D.R. Horton Disability Discrimination DOL ENDA FMLA Minimum Wage OFCCP Religious Discrimination Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Social Media Unpaid Interns US v Windsor UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

Hospitals Providing Medical Care to Federal Employees Covered by HMOs May Be Subject to OFCCP’s Affirmative Action and Other...

Over the years, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which enforces affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations for federal contractors and subcontractors, has tried to assert jurisdiction over...more

4/8/2013 - Affirmative Action HMOs Hospitals OFCCP Subcontractors

New Employment Eligibility Verification Form, Form I-9, Issued by USCIS

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form, Form I-9, and a revised Handbook for Employers, M-274. The main changes to the new Form are that...more

3/14/2013 - I-9 USCIS

OFCCP Rescinds Its 2006 Compensation Standards in Favor of More Flexible Approach to Pay Discrimination Compliance Evaluations

Effective February 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) rescinded its much criticized 2006 Compensation Standards and Voluntary Guidelines (Compensation Standards)...more

3/4/2013 - Compensation Standards Compliance Contractors DOL Gender-Based Pay Discrimination OFCCP Title VII

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