Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States. President Obama is a Democrat and was originally elected to the Presidency in 2008. He was elected for a second-term in November of 2012.
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Pacific Rim Countries Reach Historic Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, But Will Congress Approve It?

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced, on October 5, 2015, that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade agreement...more

New OFCCP changes to federal contractor pay practices

September was a busy month for federal contractors due to new regulatory requirements. Earlier last month, we told you about President Obama’s new executive order requiring covered government contractors to provide their...more

OFCCP Publishes Final Rule to Promote Pay Transparency

On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its final rule on pay transparency. The purpose of the rule is to prohibit “pay secrecy policies” to make it “possible for workers...more

Anticipate Abuse of Paid Sick Leave for Government Contractors

In an executive order released on Labor Day (one can only assume that the pun was intended), President Obama declared that all businesses that contract with the U.S. government will have to provide their employees with paid...more

President Signs E-Warranty Statute Amendment

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Congress has passed and, on September 24, 2015, President Obama signed, an amendment of the federal statute regulating warranties on consumer products, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty...more

Status of the EB-5 Regional Center Program

Last night President Obama signed legislation into law to extend temporarily the Immigrant Investor Program (“Regional Center Program”) until December 11, 2015. Congress created the EB-5 program in 1990 to stimulate the...more

U.S., China Announce Cybersecurity Agreement During Xi Jiping’s Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States last week, and his itinerary included meetings with U.S. technology company leaders as well as President Barack Obama. Not surprisingly, his hosts...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #4

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - After a busy week with Yom Kippur and visits from Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Congress is focusing this week on finalizing a continuing resolution and preparing for new...more

Biofuel CEOs Send Letter To President Obama Over EPA RFS Proposal

On September 16, 2015, 23 biofuel executives sent a letter to President Obama regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirement proposal. The revised RFS allows...more

OFCCP Issues Final Rule on Contractor Pay Transparency

Last April, President Obama issued Executive Order 13,665, prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from publishing or enforcing rules intended to keep employees from discussing their compensation. On September 10,...more

The State Department’s Revised Visa Bulletin Opens Temporary Window for Those Applying for Green Cards

Action Item: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”), in coordination with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), has announced that it has revised “the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants...more

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors set to Increase

President Obama's Executive Order requiring certain federal contractors and subcontractors to pay an increased hourly minimum wage includes a mandate that the Secretary of Labor determine increases to the wage rate on an...more

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Rises to $10.15

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor published in the Federal Register earlier this week its official Notice regarding an increased minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.15, which is a...more

Precision Medicine - Even Medicare Will Pay for It!

President Barack Obama announced in his 2015 State of the Union address that he was introducing a new Precision Medicine Initiative, supported with over $200 million in the proposed 2016 federal budget. "Precision Medicine"...more

The DOL Announces Final Rule for the Obama Administration’s 2014 Pay Transparency Executive Order

As we’ve previously covered here, on April 8, 2014 President Obama signed Executive Order 13665 (“Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information), at an event commemorating National Equal Pay Day, an annual public...more

Obama Orders Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On Labor Day, appropriately enough, President Obama issued an executive order establishing up to seven days of paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors. The order was drafted and proposed in...more

Executive Orders: The Employment Transformers for Federal Contractors

As we have detailed on several occasions over the past year, President Obama has used executive orders to implement sweeping new workplace policies for federal contractors and their employees. For example, the president has...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Mandatory Sick Leave

The executive order poses another significant financial and administrative burden for federal contractors. Continuing his practice of using executive orders to implement his labor and employment agenda, on September 7,...more

Blog: OFCCP Issues Final Rule Promoting Pay Transparency

On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued the Final Rule (RIN 1250-AA06) on pay transparency, which goes into effect on January 11, 2016. The Final Rule implements Executive...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Sick Leave for Employees

On September 8, 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will require companies that contract with the federal government to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The Order will become effective in 2017....more

Two New Developments Affecting Federal Contractors

On September 7, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors. The Executive Order currently applies only to contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2017....more

Executive Order Will Impose Paid Sick Leave Requirement on Federal Contractors

On September 7, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to provide paid sick leave to employees. For federal contract actions on or after January 1, 2017, the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - President Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors - President Obama signed an Executive Order on Monday September 7, 2015, requiring federal...more

New Executive Order Mandates Sick Pay for Federal Contractors

On September 7, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to provide employees with a minimum of seven days of paid sick leave per year. The sick pay will be awarded at the rate of one hour for...more

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