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House Passes Veteran Preference Bill

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill, titled the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act or “BRAVE Act.” The BRAVE Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) to...more

Proposed Legislation Could Punish Those Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been the subject of controversy for much of the past year after a variety of whistleblowers exposed a nationwide problem of extremely long wait times for veterans needing treatment...more

Federal Contractors Should Keep Focus on Compliance for Hiring Veterans

While recent United States Department of Labor figures show the unemployment rate of veterans is trending below the national unemployment average, unemployment of younger veterans who have served since 9/11 still exceeds the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Final Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services...more

Whistleblower Claims San Antonio VA Still Guilty of Altering Wait Time Information

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been a fixture in national news for the controversies surrounding the extremely long wait times veterans have experienced for benefits and treatment, and the...more

OFCCP Announces Lower National Veterans Benchmark And Updated Benchmark Database

As government contractors are aware, since March 24, 2014 OFCCP’s regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) have required contractors to establish annual benchmarks for protected...more

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

CFPB Fines Military Allotment Processor $3.1 Million

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a consent order with Fort Knox National Co. and its subsidiary Military Assistance Co. (MAC), alleging that the companies duped U.S. military service members...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Published Competition Report for 2nd Quarter of FY 2015 - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued the Competition Report for the 2nd quarter for fiscal year 2015. The report identifies...more

OFCCP Drops the Annual Veterans Hiring Benchmark to 7 Percent

On April 21, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it had updated the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark Database on its website. The VEVRAA...more

Proposed MLA expansion in limbo

Despite the CFPB’s efforts to build support for the Department of Defense’s proposal to significantly expand Military Loan Act coverage, it now appears that the proposal may be put on hold. The DoD proposal would revise the...more

Rule Expanding Military Lending Act Protections In Limbo

The Department of Defense's (DoD) proposed rule to revise and expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA) may be put on hold. The House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee for Military...more

VEVRAA hiring benchmark drops again

As announced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the updated national percentage of veterans in the workforce is continuing to decline, now at 7 percent....more

Confidentiality Agreements of Federal Contractor Employees – Changes To The Federal Acquisition Regulations Are Coming Soon

Confidentiality agreements for employees of federal contractors are increasingly coming under scrutiny by federal agencies. In late 2014, as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (the “Act”),...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Small Entity Compliance Guide - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)...more

U.S. Army Loses Battle to Regulate Bathroom Selection of Transgender (Civilian) Employee

On April 1, 2015, the EEOC ordered the Army to pay damages for discriminating against a transgender employee when it prevented her from using the common women’s bathroom and routinely demeaned her by calling her “sir” and...more

March 6, 2015 Legislative Update

In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb. - That’s what we’ve always heard about the month of March in North Carolina. - 1. In like a lion. 2. Madness. 3. Out like a lamb....more

CFPB Proposals for Small-Dollar Loans: An Attempt to Kill an Industry?

On March 26, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced several proposals to regulate short-term and longer-term consumer loans. According to the Bureau, the proposals will likely have the effect of...more

FMLA To Cover Legally Married Same-Sex Spouses Beginning Next Week: What This Means For Employers

Effective March 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) expand coverage to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the employee lives in a state that does...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Notice to Publish an Updated List of Product Categories for Which Federal Prison Industries Have a Significant Market Share - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Notice...more

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire – GSA Proposes to Reduce Price Reductions Clause Burdens, While Substantially Increasing...

In what is arguably its most significant proposed regulatory change affecting commercial item contracting in decades, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) earlier this week proposed amendments to the General Services...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - GSA Issues Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comment on Proposed Rule to Amend GSAR Transactional Data Reporting - The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a notice of...more

Military Leave of Absence and the Obligations of Connecticut Municipal Employers

When an employee gives notice of the need to take a leave of absence for military service, there are some questions that municipal employers will reflexively ask: Do we have to permit the leave? Must the employee be paid...more

Health Care Reform in America: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Health care providers, the insurance industry, and all of us as health care consumer continue to experience the difficult birth pangs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA" or the "Act"). Political battles...more

“Reporting for Duty”: Employers May Face Extended Obligations to Reemploy Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder under...

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, not only prohibits discrimination against employees and potential employees based on their military service, it also...more

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