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Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Even the Government Falls Victim to Wage and Hour Violations Sometimes

Remember last fall when all we could talk about was the government shutdown? The 16-day government shutdown captured the attention of a nation once again gripped by seemingly-manufactured political crisis. Last week, two...more

Week in Review

It’s been an interesting week on the wage and hour legal front. One of the big names in social networking, LinkedIn, made headlines this week when the U.S. Department of Labor announced a settlement of allegations that...more

Post-Employment Rules and Restrictions for Former Federal Government Officials

Thinking of hiring a former federal government official? Better know the post-employment rules and restrictions: Lifetime Ban - Former Executive Branch Employees and Officials may not "switch sides" in relation to a...more

Before there was Snowden | The other Whistleblowers who came forward

Let's introduce Bill Binney, who used to work at the NSA for nearly 30 years as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. Following that, he became one of its leading whistleblowers. Seven years ago one July morning, a...more

Executive Order Bars Discrimination against LGBT Workers for Federal Contractors, Government

President Obama recently signed an executive order that will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The executive order adds sexual orientation and...more

Executive Order Extends LGBT Protections to Federal Contractor Employees

On Monday, July 21, 2014, President Obama amended two prior executive orders to extend employment protections to lesbian, gay and/or transgender (LGBT) workers. Executive Order 11246 was first signed by President Lyndon B....more

Obama’s LGBT Executive Order Raises More Questions Than It Answers

More than two years after expressly declining to do so, this past Monday, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or...more

President Obama Amends Executive Order 11246 to Protect LGBT Workers of Government Contractors from Discrimination

As the White House announced last month, President Obama signed yesterday an Executive Order that bans workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) workers of federal contractors....more

President Obama's Latest Executive Order Recognizing Gay and Transgender Rights Among Federal Contractors

While much has been said in the mainstream media over the past 24 hours regarding President Obama's latest Executive Order protecting gay and transgender individuals from discrimination by federal contractors, a few...more

Executive Order Protects Federal Contractor LGBT Workers

Yesterday President Obama issued an Executive Order extending antidiscrimination protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as including these categories in affirmative action requirements....more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Barring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination by Federal Contractors

On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order that makes it illegal for federal government contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Executive Order amends Executive...more

Discrimination Against LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors and Federal Employees Now Prohibited by President Obama’s Amendments...

On Monday, July 21, 2014, President Obama amended two previously issued executive orders to extend protection against workplace discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and the...more

Duty to Accommodate on Family Status Clarified in the Federal Sphere

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) recently confirmed that “family status” includes childcare obligations and provided clarity for employers on the test for whether the duty to accommodate has been met. While the decisions in...more

EEOC Invites Public to Comment on Regulations Aimed at Clarifying what it Means to be a “Model Employer” of Individuals with...

The EEOC recently invited public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, which governs the federal government’s employment of individuals with disabilities....more

Before The Whistle Blows: Understanding And Addressing The Expanding Scope Of Whistleblower Protections Under Sarbanes-Oxley And...

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“Sarbanes-Oxley”) was enacted following the accounting scandals of the early 2000s involving Enron, WorldCom and other public companies. Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

President Obama Directs DOL To Overhaul Federal Overtime Regulations

Ordinarily, changes to federal overtime regulations get very little notice in California since our State’s overtime laws are far more protective of employees than the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). But President...more

Diversity and Inclusion

On October 23, 2013, the Federal Agencies announced their “common standards” proposal, entitled Joint Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Regulated Entities (“Proposal”). This is an Interagency...more

EEOC and OSC Renew Agreement Strengthening Enforcement of Federal Sector EEO Laws

Memorandum of Understanding Addresses Agencies in Noncompliance - WASHINGTON - Jacqueline Berrien, chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Carolyn Lerner, head of the U.S. Office of...more

Government Contractor Employment and Contract Issues Arising from the Government Shutdown

A host of issues affecting government contractors have arisen as a result of the government shutdown and the pending debt ceiling impasse. Some concerns are contract-based; some are HR-based, and some concerns are practical....more

More Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors As The Federal Government Shutdown Continues

The federal government shutdown is now entering its third week. Although there are some hopeful signs here in Washington that an agreement that will allow the federal government to reopen will be reached, it is unclear when a...more

Government Shutdown Would Pose a Myriad of Issues for Employers

If Congress fails to pass an appropriations bill by midnight tonight, the government will partially shut down and private sector employers along with federal employees will be greatly impacted by reduced government services...more

Are you a Federal Employee? Do you have life insurance? Read this!

When you got divorced, did you remember to update your life insurance beneficiary? If not, and if you are a federal employee, your ex-spouse may have a claim to that money if you were to die without changing it, even if your...more

Court rules employers who provide services to federal government employees subject to federal contracting regulations

A federal court recently ruled that hospitals affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center became “federal subcontractors” when they entered into contracts with an HMO that provided health services for federal...more

Hospitals Face Mandatory Affirmative Action Obligations Incorporated by Operation of Law Into Their Federal Subcontracts

In UPMC Braddock v. Harris, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s Arbitration Review Board decision treating hospitals as government subcontractors subject to the equal...more

Revolving Door Risk: Failure to Follow Best Practices Can Have Severe Consequences

Not surprisingly, private industry frequently considers hiring current and former federal government employees for their experience, knowledge base, and skill sets. As a reaction to the continuing perception, however, that...more

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