Executive Orders

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Preparing for Mandated Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

President Barack Obama signed a new executive order Sept. 7 aimed at ensuring federal contractor employees “can earn up to seven days or more of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family...more

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws on the Rise

Several states and cities across the county have passed laws requiring employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Statewide laws have been passed in Connecticut, California, Massachusetts and Oregon....more

California Water Restrictions Could Continue Under New Executive Order

California’s sweeping restrictions on water use could be extended deep into next year under a new Executive Order by Gov. Jerry Brown. If drought conditions persist through January 2016, the Order provides that emergency...more

Africa Update - November 2015 #3

Leading the News - Egypt: On November 12th, officials at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) noted while they had offered assistance to both Egyptian...more

Fifth Circuit Strikes Down DACA and Expanded DAPA

On November 9, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction permanently barring the implementation of two executive action initiatives President Obama announced in November 2014 –...more

A Blow to the President's Effort to Enact Deferred Action and Authorize Employment for Parents of US Citizens

On November 9, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2 to 1 margin, blocked much of President Obama’s executive action, specifically the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, known as DAPA. DAPA would have...more

2015 OFCCP DEVELOPMENTS: What Federal Contractors Need to Know Before Updating AAPs for 2016

2015 marks the first year that many contractors have begun fully implementing the amended VEVRAA and Rehab Act regulations. OFCCP continues with its regulatory reform agenda issuing additional regulations in various stages...more

Fifth Circuit Ruling Upholds Injunction Against the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

In a 2-1 ruling, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen on the grounds that the lawsuit filed by a coalition of 26 states opposing the implementation of...more

New Speaker Paul Ryan Postponing Talks About Immigration Reform Until 2017

Newly elected speaker, Paul Ryan (R-Wis), is already busy settling into his role and deciding what major policies he wants to tackle first. Excluded from his policy list is immigration reform. Ryan has decided to hold off on...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Fourth Quarter 2015

More Small Business Subcontracting Plan Changes: SBA Proposes to Allow Subcontracting Plan Credit for Small Business Subcontractors at any Tier - Following recent proposed changes to the FAR’s small business...more

OFAC Authorizes Transactions Involving Certain Belarusian Entities

On October 29, OFAC granted a General License authorizing nine Belarusian entities to make transactions otherwise prohibited by Executive Order 13405, effective October 30. The General License also authorizes transactions...more

EU and US Take Actions to Ease Belarus Sanctions

On October 29, 2015, the EU and the United States took separate action to ease certain Belarus-related sanctions. As of October 31, 2015, the EU suspended asset freezes and travel restrictions imposed on 170 persons, as well...more

New York Expands Discrimination Protections Against Workplace Gender Bias

On October 21, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a number of bills, which cumulatively expand protections against gender discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This...more

OFAC Authorizes Certain Transactions and Activities to Liquidate Honduras-Based Bank

On October 21, following the October 7 designation of a Honduras-based bank as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker, OFAC announced that it granted a General License authorizing certain transactions and activities to...more

Activists Make Good on Promise to Sue DOT over Pipeline Regs.

On October 8, the National Wildlife Federation (“NWF”) fulfilled its promise to sue the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”). The lawsuit alleges that for 20 years the DOT has allowed pipelines to operate illegally by...more

California's New Climate Era: SB 350 and Beyond

Two out of three ain’t bad. Climate change policy advocates may find themselves quoting Meat Loaf with the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 350, which California’s Legislature passed last month and which Governor Jerry...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Finance Gap for Innovation Deployment (Part 4 of 6)

The Problem: Finance Gap for Innovation Deployment - The last decade has seen tremendous innovations in cleantech that have not only brought new products, but also a fall in prices to consumers. For example, the average...more

Paid Sick Leave – It’s an Epidemic

From California to Connecticut, and places in between, the reach of paid sick leave laws is spreading rapidly. Currently, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington D.C. have state- (or district-) wide laws...more

US Department of Labor Implements Final Rule Requiring Pay Transparency Among Federal Contractors

Executive Order 13665, signed by President Obama on April 8, 2014, prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against employees or applicants because they inquire about or discuss their compensation...more

“BLACKLISTING” OR “BAD ACTOR” Executive Order 13673

Officially known as the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, Executive Order 13673 now consists of proposed guidance from the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and proposed regulations from the Federal Acquisition...more

DHS Sends New STEM OPT Rule to OMB For Review

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent its proposed regulation on the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is...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

Cuba Sanctions Relief: Baby Steps Today, But What About Tomorrow?

For more than 50 years, an embargo and related sanctions regime has restricted U.S. businesses and individuals from virtually all economic activity involving Cuba or its nationals. This regime was implemented through a...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

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