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Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - SBA Considering Extending Comment Period for Proposed Rule on the Limitations on Subcontracting - Although not yet official, we anticipate that SBA will grant an extension until April 6th...more

Putting a Stop to Human Trafficking

Consistent with the US Government’s zero tolerance policy concerning human trafficking, a cadre of government agencies recently published a final rule amending the current Federal Acquisition Regulations provisions on human...more

Tampa Council Says No to “Ban the Box” Law for City Contractors, Seeks Alternative Legislation

Last Thursday, Tampa’s City Council declined to pass a law that would have “banned the box” for city contractors. “Ban the box” refers to a movement at the state and local levels of government to remove the check box from job...more

You Again?: Application of the First-to-File Bar Where Subsequent Actions Are Brought By the Same Relator

The Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq., has unique procedural aspects that come into play when a private whistleblower (the “relator”) seeks to sue on behalf of the Government. One of these, the...more

OFCCP Modernizes Sex Discrimination Guidelines

On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published proposed updates to its Sex Discrimination Guidelines setting forth its interpretations and rules for complying with the...more

DOJ Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On February 11, the DOJ announced a $7.9 million settlement with a Delaware-based pharmaceutical manufacturer for allegedly violating the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback scheme with a pharmacy benefits manager...more

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

EEOC and Defense Support Services Conciliate Discrimination Charges

Federal Agency Issues Reasonable Cause Finding on Retaliation Charge - PHOENIX - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has found reasonable cause to believe discrimination occurred in charges filed by...more

White House Announces New Disability Resource Guide

A new resource guide for employers to use in working with individuals with disabilities is now available. The new guide, available here and called Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining and Promoting People with Disabilities, was...more

OFCCP Provides Directory of LGBT Resources for Federal Contractors

As discussed in our previous post, on July 21, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13672, banning federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) workers, and adding...more

Administration Submits Proposal To Increase OFCCP Budget For FY2016

On February 2, President Obama released his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. The proposed budget includes nearly $113.7 million in annual appropriations to the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Discrimination on the Basis of Sex - The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a...more

Labor And Employment Law 2014: A Year-End Review

I. New Laws and Regulations - A. Federal - President Obama Signs Executive Orders to Ensure Federal Contractor Compliance with Labor Laws. On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe...more

Coming to a State Attorney General’s Office near you

The Vermont State False Claims Act Could Be a Game-changer for Vermont Taxpayers and Businesses. The Vermont False Claims Act, percolating through Montpelier hearing rooms and corridors, has not yet received much...more

OFCCP Proposes Update to Old Sex Discrimination Guidelines

Last week, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued proposed regulations intended to update its procedures for investigating and addressing sex discrimination by federal...more

Opinions on Whistleblowers Have Changed Over Time

Now that there are more protections available for whistleblowers than ever before, especially whistleblowers in federal agencies, opinions on the act of whistleblowing have also begun to shift in a more positive light. ...more

Quirky Question #252, OFCCP Guidelines Become Regulations?

Question: Have there been any recent changes in the rules governing federal contractors? Answer: On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of...more

OFCCP’s Proposed Sex Bias Rules Continue Agency’s Focus on Compensation, Gender Identity, and Pregnancy Accommodation

On January 28, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to replace the current sex discrimination guidelines. This updated rule is intended to reflect...more

New Government Contractor Regulations Define and Prohibit Workplace Sexual Bias - The Guidelines Are in Fact Requirements for...

The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has proposed the first major substantive changes to its Sex Discrimination Guidelines in more than 40 years. The new regulations are significant...more

OFCCP Announces Intent To Publish Updated Rules Prohibiting Sex Discrimination

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced its intent to update rules prohibiting sex discrimination by federal contractors and subcontractors. The OFCCP published a Notice of Proposed...more

OFCCP Proposes Updates to “Outdated and Inaccurate” Sex Discrimination Rules

On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would rescind the existing Sex Discrimination Guidelines found at 41 C.F.R. part 60-20 and...more

OFCCP Announces Proposed Rules to Modernize Sex Discrimination Regulations

On Tuesday, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced a proposed rule to revise and modernize a sex discrimination guidance it issued in 1970 and clarify federal contractors’ obligations with...more

Final Anti-Human Trafficking FAR and DFARS Rules Create Significant New Supply Chain Burdens and Liabilities for Government...

On January 29, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) published the final anti-human trafficking rule amending the current...more

Groundbreaking Change to Rules for Federal Contractors Aims to Stamp Out Human Trafficking Up and Down the Supply Chain

Companies that contract with the federal government will soon be subject to new rules aimed to stamp out human trafficking (see discussion of some of the existing rules and regulations here and here). The just-released...more

Is Your Company Prepared? Proposed Rule Changes Targeting Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Gender Identity and Gender Norms

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a proposed rule change that would rescind the existing Sex Discrimination Guidelines found at 41 C.F.R. part 60-20 and replace those provisions with new rules regarding current...more

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