Thomas Mason

Thomas Mason

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Blog: Executive Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave Is On The Horizon

President Obama is said to have drafted an Executive Order, obtained by the New York Times, which would require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their employees with a minimum of 56 hours (about 7 days) of...more

8/10/2015 - Barack Obama Executive Orders Federal Contractors Paid Sick Leave Act Sick Leave Subcontractors

Alert: SBA Proposes Regulations to Implement Sole-Source Contract Awards for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration ("SBA") recently issued a proposed rule to address statutory changes that would permit agency contracting officers to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses ("WOSBs") and...more

6/18/2015 - NDAA SBA Sole Source Contracts Women-Owned Businesses WOSB

Blog: OFCCP Revises the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (the “OFCCP”) recently reduced the VEVRAA hiring benchmark for protected veterans from 7.2% to 7.0%. The hiring benchmark is intended to reflect the percentage of veterans in...more

4/30/2015 - Benchmarks Federal Contractors OFCCP Veterans VEVRAA

Blog: OFCCP Provides List of Resources for Contractors Relating to LGBT Workers

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) recently published a list of resources to assist federal contractors in better understanding how to create an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or...more

2/16/2015 - Discrimination DOJ Federal Contractors Gender Discrimination Gender Identity OFCCP Sexual Orientation Discrimination Title VII

Blog: OFCCP Proposes New Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Contractors and Subcontractors

On January 28, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced proposed changes to its sex discrimination guidelines (“Guidelines”). The current Guidelines set forth the interpretations and...more

1/31/2015 - Affirmative Action Discrimination Equal Pay Executive Orders Federal Contractors Gender Discrimination OFCCP Parental Leave Pregnancy Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Blog: OFCCP Publishes New FAQs on the Collection of Self-Identification Information for Protected Veterans

On January 20, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published two Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) addressing what self-identification information contractors are required to solicit from...more

1/22/2015 - Contractors Federal Contractors OFCCP Veterans

Blog: OFCCP Opens LGBT Final Rules to Notice and Comment in Response to Pressure from Lawmakers

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) decided to seek public comment on its Final Rule for LGBT workers after being pressured by two Republic Congressmen over its rulemaking process. OFCCP had initially...more

12/15/2014 - Barack Obama Executive Orders Federal Contractors Gender Discrimination LGBT OFCCP Public Comment Rulemaking Process Sexual Orientation Discrimination Subcontractors

Blog: OFCCP Releases New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing

More than three years after the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) sought approval for a new Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing, OFCCP published a notice in the Federal Register on September 30, 2014...more

10/3/2014 - Federal Contractors OFCCP OMB Scheduling Letters

OFCCP Releases Proposed Rule Prohibiting Adverse Action Against Employees and Applicants Discussing Pay

On September 15, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Proposed Rule”) implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13665 (“EO 13665”) banning...more

9/17/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Discrimination Executive Orders Federal Contractors OFCCP

OFCCP Releases Proposal Requiring Contractors to Disclose Compensation Data Annually

On August 6, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring federal contractors and subcontractors with 100 or more employees to submit an annual equal...more

8/11/2014 - Audits Barack Obama EEO-1 Equal Pay Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors OFCCP Proposed Regulation Reporting Requirements Rulemaking Process Subcontractors

Executive Order May Block Contractors with Labor Violations from Receiving Federal Contracts

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (“Executive Order”) that requires contractors to (1) disclose recent violations of various workplace laws before being awarded federal...more

8/4/2014 - ADA ADEA Arbitration Agreements Barack Obama Corporate Counsel Davis-Bacon Act DOL Executive Orders Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors FLSA FMLA Independent Contractors NLRA Notice Requirements OSHA Rehabilitation Act Service Contract Act Subcontractors Title VII Wage and Hour

OFCCP Announces Timeline for Issuing Proposed Rules on President Obama’s Compensation Agenda

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) plans to issue proposed rules implementing President Obama’s recent executive actions on the compensation practices of federal contractors. ...more

6/3/2014 - Contractors Discrimination Equal Pay Executive Orders Federal Contractors OFCCP Retaliation Sex Discrimination

President Obama Takes Executive Action Reinforcing the Regulatory Agenda on Investigating Federal Contractors’ Compensation...

In recognition of National Pay Equity Day, President Obama took two executive actions on April 8, 2014 to continue his pay equity agenda: (1) President Obama signed Executive Order on Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of...more

4/10/2014 - Anti-Discrimination Policies Barack Obama DOL Equal Pay Executive Orders Federal Contractors Minimum Wage NLRA NPRM OFCCP Subcontractors

OFCCP’s Final Rules for Veterans and Disabled Become Effective

On March 24, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP’s”) final rules for individuals with disabilities under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and for veterans under the Vietnam Era Veterans’...more

3/26/2014 - Affirmative Action OFCCP Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

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