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Washington Amends State SCRA Statute To Provide State Remedy For Violation Of Federal SCRA

On March 27, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 2171, which amends the Washington Service Member’s Civil Relief Act (WSCRA) to provide that a violation of the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is a violation of...more

Company Selling Assets Must Include Employees on Military Leave in List of Employees Available for Hire

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides broad protections to employees called for active military service. Last month, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found that these protections...more

Government Contractors Face Expanded Affirmative Action Requirements

As its landmark initiative, the Obama Administration’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued expansive new regulations requiring government contractors to undertake greater efforts to employ...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: Leading the News; United States – Africa Relations; North Africa; East Africa; West Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and General Africa News. Excerpt from Leading the News - Libya: On...more

Don’t Forget Your Employees On Leave

Do you have an employee on long-term leave with a right to reinstatement? Is your business being acquired or bought out? Make sure you keep the employee in mind!...more

New OFCCP Rules Establish Hiring Benchmarks and Goals for Veterans and Qualified Individuals with Disabilities

Effective March 24, 2014 federal contractors and subcontractors subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Rehabilitation Act”) or the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (“VEVRAA”) must...more

VETS Issues Proposed Regulations Revising VEVRAA Reporting Requirements

The Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which the agency proposes revising the regulations addressing reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans'...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 26, Issue 2, February 2014 - Some Thoughts on the New OFCCP Data Collection Regulations for...

If You Have to Ask . . . Most of us understand that employers should not ask for personal information from employees (or applicants for employment) if that information would be illegal to use in making employment...more

Federal Contractors: Overhauled OFCCP Regulations On Employment Obligations To Veterans And Individuals With Disabilities

Starting March 24, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will begin enforcing two regulations that amend the obligations of federal contractors to employees and applicants who are protected veterans...more

Change Proposed for VETS Reporting Requirements

In yet another development in the constantly changing affirmative action compliance landscape, on February 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) published a Notice of...more

DOL Proposes Rule Requiring Contractors to Report Aggregate Veterans Information

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on Friday which would change reporting requirements for federal contractors under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act...more

OFCCP Revised VEVRAA and 503 Regulations: Part I - Compliance Timeline, Narrative Obligations and Outreach Requirements

In this Presentation: - Part I-Compliance Timeline, Narrative Obligations and Outreach Requirements - Subpart A - Preliminary Matters - Subpart A - EO clause changes - Subpart C - Major...more

March 24th is Approaching: Complying With the New OFCCP Regulations

Last year, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued new regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended (“Section 503”), and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment...more

Getting Down To Business: Highlights Of New California Employment Laws

With the start of the new year, it is the perfect time for employers to ensure that their policies reflect the changes in California law. We covered many of the laws affecting employers in our “California Legislative Update...more

Highway To The Danger Zone: Automotive Lending And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

This past March, Carl Nuss — a 75-year-old used car dealer from Birmingham, Alabama — received a letter from one of his customers, requesting that Mr. Nuss reduce the customer’s interest rate to six percent since the customer...more

Veterans Preference: New Temporary Rule for Oregon Public Employers

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently issued a new temporary rule that addresses the veterans preference obligations of Oregon public employers. The temporary rule clarifies that job recruitment...more

Military and Veteran Status Added as a Protected Category under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

Assembly Bill 556 amends the FEHA to add "military and veteran status" to the list of categories protected from employment discrimination. "Military and veteran status" is defined by the Act as "a member or veteran of the...more

OFCCP Issues Final Rules on Affirmative Action Obligations for Veterans and Persons with Disabilities

The United States Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has issued two final rules that will require significant changes to covered federal contractors’ and subcontractors’...more

Navigating the New OFCCP Regulations on Affirmative Action Obligations: Make Sure Your Organization Is Ready (Presentation)

In This Presentation: - Changes to regulations regarding individuals with disabilities - Changes to regulations regarding protected veterans - Changes regarding outreach, compliance, and recordkeeping - Data...more

Federal Contractors Should be Planning Ahead for the New Section 503 and VEVRAA Rules

On August 27, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued two Final Rules, making significant changes to the regulations implementing affirmative action under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation...more

Returning military reservist allowed to invoke USERRA “escalator principle” for failure to reinstate into higher-level job

The federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in Rivera-Melendez v. Pfizer considered a returning veteran’s claim that Pfizer violated the “escalator principle” that is a unique element of the federal Uniformed Services...more

OFCCP Places New Risks and Obligations on Contractors

Lost among much of the other news of recent weeks, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has taken steps that will likely complicate the management of organizations that choose to do business with the...more

Veterans Day Edition: The Federal Government’s Emphasis on Training and Hiring Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, this alert addresses contractors’ obligations with respect to veterans. As readers of this blog are aware, on August 27, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs released its final...more

Newly Enacted California Statutes

California has amended Cal. Lab. Code § 218.5 to limit the circumstances under which an employer may recover its attorney’s fees and costs as the prevailing party in a lawsuit in which an employee has sued for nonpayment of...more

DOL’s Final Rule Designed to Increase Hiring and Employment

Employers holding contracts with the federal government in excess of $10,000, as well as their subcontractors, should be aware of some important changes to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and...more

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