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Department of Labor Announces Increase to Minimum Wage for Government Contractors

by Reed Smith on

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage for federal contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658 will increase to $10.35 per hour. The current minimum wage under Executive Order...more

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increase Announced – Changes Effective January 1, 2018

On September 15, 2017, the Department of Labor announced an increase in the minimum wage that certain federal contractors must pay to employees. This comes as part of a planned incremental increase in the federal contractor...more

One Potential Remedy for FCA Overreach?

Sixth Circuit awards attorneys’ fees to False Claims Act defendant against the U.S. government in case involving underpayment of Davis-Bacon Act wages. ...more

OFCCP Holds First of Three Compliance Assistance Town Hall Meetings

As we previously reported, the OFCCP announced in August that it would hold three “compliance assistance” town hall meetings. The first was held on September 19, 2017, at the Department of Labor’s Headquarters in Washington,...more

California Legislative Wrap-Up – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Legislature worked into the wee hours of the morning Saturday as it hit its deadline to pass legislation and send bills to Governor Brown for signature or veto....more

Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors Increased Effective January 1, 2018

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage for federal contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658 will be $10.35/ hour. The announcement was made via posting in the federal...more

Further Hurricane Relief for Federal Contractors: No Citation for Late Veterans Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that federal contractors will not be cited for filing their VETS-4212 reports late—as long as they are filed by November 15, 2017. The DOL has made the change in another...more

2018 "Contractor Minimum Wage" Rate Released

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2018 wage-rate floor required by Executive Order 13658, "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors". Beginning on January 1, 2018, the minimum rate will increase by 15 cents per...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Department of Veterans Affairs Withdrawal of Proposed Rule. Federal Register, September 1, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a rule in...more

VETS-4212 Filing Deadline Extended

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

VETS has announced a 45-day extension to the 2017 VETS-4212 filing deadline. The deadline has been extended from September 30, 2017 to November 15, 2017. In a post on it’s website, VETS stated-...more

New Federal Contracts Providing Hurricane Relief Get Some Relief From OFCCP Requirements

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the agency will support Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts in a number of ways, including by relaxing federal contractors’ requirements on a...more

San Diego Enacts Pay Equity Ordinance for City Contractors

The City of San Diego joined a growing list of state and local jurisdictions by enacting a pay equity ordinance on July 31, 2017. The Equal Pay Ordinance requires city contractors to certify in writing that they will...more

LabCorp Settles With OFCCP For Alleged Bias In Hiring And Compensation

Laboratory Corporation of America has agreed to pay approximately $200,000 to resolve a matter with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. According to the Conciliation Agreement between the parties, the OFCCP found...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Post-Labor Day Report

by Littler on

Labor Day once again served as an occasion for many policymakers around the country to focus on laws and regulations governing the workplace. The holiday capped a relatively quiet month in Washington as lawmakers left town...more

Are The OFCCP And The EEOC Merging? Signs Point To “No."

Based on a recent Senate appropriations bill, it appears that the Trump Administration’s plan to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has stalled. The...more

U.S. Senate Opposes OFCCP/EEOC Merger Proposal

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In budget measures last week both the U.S. Senate and House signaled the proposed merger between OFCCP and EEOC will soon be nothing but a distant memory. This action comes on the heels of a recent letter from OFCCP Acting...more

Legal Update: Trump’s One-offs to Labor Regulations Change the Big Picture

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

When Trump was a brand-new President (or force of nature, depending on how you look at it), we observed that the dawn of his administration would not necessarily augur wholesale changes to the overall landscape of legal...more

White House Suspends EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Last week the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced the suspension and review of the new EEO-1 pay data reporting requirement for EEO-1 reports due on March 31, 2018. For years, employers with at...more

Government Contractor Awarded Attorney Fees for Defending Against “Unreasonable” FCA Claim

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently concluded that a contractor should obtain an award of attorney fees for having to defend against an “unreasonable” False Claims Act (“FCA”) suit. In United States ex....more

Department Of Labor Challenges ALJ’s Decision On Google’s Obligation To Respond To OFCCP Data Requests

In July, we reported that an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) had ruled on OFCCP’s dispute with Google over the tech giant’s refusal to turn over certain documents in connection with a routine audit of Google’s headquarters....more

The End is Near! – Follow These Labor and Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Wraps Up

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s a time of high-drama in Sacramento. With less than two weeks to go in the legislative year, many of the hot-button labor and employment bills we have been tracking all year await final action. Many bills are...more

OMB Freezes EEOC Pay Data Collection Rule

• OMB has frozen the Obama-era employee pay data collection requirements that were set to take effect in March 2018. • Employers should continue to use the prior version of the EEO-1 form and will have until March 31, 2018...more

Trump Administration Suspends Rule to Require Employers to Report Payroll Data to Government

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Trump Administration has suspended 2016 regulations that would have required larger employers and federal contractors to report payroll data to the federal government along with the demographic data that they now must...more

Additional Information For 2017 EEO-1 Reporting - Affirmative Action & OFCCP Law Advisor

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following the announcement placing the EEO-1 pay data requirement on indefinite hold, the EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee has clarified open questions regarding the details for 2017 EEO-1 Reports....more

Two-Minute Warning: Preparing for a Possible Government Shutdown

In May, President Trump tweeted: the “country needs a good shutdown in September.” That prospect is now upon us. For Government contractors, the fallout from a threatened shutdown—let alone an actual one—ranges from...more

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