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Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #3

Deal or No Deal? Bipartisan ACA Agreement Faces Challenges. A bipartisan agreement forged by senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) that would temporarily restore funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) is...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

California Governor Approves Three More Employment Laws: “Ban The Box”; Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training; and Contractors...

The deadline for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign new bills into law officially expired October 15, 2017. In addition to signing five bills last week, the Governor signed three more employment-related bills into law...more

What Crawled Out from Under That Rock- Negligent References and Reporting Issues

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Many employers faced with an employment termination decision look for the simplest process for termination, one that causes the least hardship for the employee and mitigates the most litigation risk for the employer....more

Federal Court Strikes DOJ's Risk Adjustment False Claims Act Case - For Now

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 5, a federal district court in California dealt a significant setback to the government’s efforts to extend False Claims Act (FCA) liability to Medicare risk adjustment submissions....more

OFCCP Offers Limited Compliance Relief for Federal Contractors in Wake of Recent Hurricanes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has taken two concrete steps to provide federal contractors compliance relief. ...more

FY 2018 Forecasts: Winds Shifting on Data Security, Industry Consolidation, and DOJ Enforcement Efforts

In the second of our series about what to watch for in government contracts in fiscal year 2018, we focus on Cybersecurity, Cloud-Based Services, Employment Regulations, M&A, FCA enforcement, and Block Chain....more

The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law under the Trump Administration

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Abolishing the Federal Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule - In March 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order revoking, and signed a resolution disapproving, President Obama’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

Federal Contractor Agrees To Pay $5 Million To Settle Pay Discrimination Allegations Made By OFCCP

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent settlement with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), State Street Corporation, a financial services firm with federal contracts, agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims of gender and...more

OMB and EEOC Announce Stay on Employer Use of New EEO-1 Report

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Employers and federal contractors required to file the EEO-1 Report are likely to be relieved to learn that, on August 29, 2017, the federal government announced an immediate stay on the requirement that they use the...more

The Supreme Court - October 2, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the following cases: Janus v. American Federation, No. 16-1466: Should Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977), which held that it...more

This Month in Corruption: Improper Billing, Double Dipping, Disability Faking

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A Dream Most Improper. On September 4, announcements came from the offices of the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Attorney General that Dental Dreams, a national dental chain with locations in...more

OFCCP Town Hall Offers Contractors a Chance to Be Heard

Having shaken the prospect of a merger with EEOC, and facing a smaller budget, the OFCCP offers a glimpse into its priorities and invites contractors to suggest changes. - Takeaways - Compliance letters have been...more

When Your “Private” Project Suddenly Turns into a “Public” Project. Hint: It Doesn’t Necessary Turn on Public Financing or...

In 1931, during the Great Depression, the federal government enacted the Davis-Bacon Act to help workers on federal construction projects. The Davis-Bacon Act, also known as the federal prevailing wage law, sets minimum wages...more

Saudi Arabia Update – August and September 2017

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Legal developments - Public projects anti – corruption actions - The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) is the local body responsible for investigating violations of the Combating Bribery Law (CBL) and...more

DOL Announces 2018 Minimum Wage For Employees Of Some Federal Contractors

On September 15, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the 2018 minimum wage rates for covered federal contractors and subcontractors. Beginning January 1, 2018, federal contractors covered by these requirements will be...more

U.S. Department of Labor Announces 2018 Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increases

Unlike private sector employers, federal contractors are subject to an executive order that requires payment of a minimum wage in excess of the $7.25 federal level. In addition, that minimum adjusts annually based on cost of...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017 #4

“Zombie” ACA Repeal-and-Replace Effort Suddenly Resuscitated. Opponents of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace efforts no doubt forgot the vitally important “double tap” rule, and now the zombie legislative effort is...more

Bankruptcy Fails to Save Contractor from Multimillion Dollar SCA Back Wage Liability

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Any contractor who has been subject to a Department of Labor (“DOL”) investigation knows what unease feels like, even if there is no reason to believe the company will be subject to liability. One of the first questions we...more

DOL Announces Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an upcoming increase to the minimum wage rate for contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, which applies to certain federal...more

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

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