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EEOC Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On the heels of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage, the EEOC held on July 15, 2015 that sex discrimination under Title VII includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Even...more

U.S. Department of Labor's New Guidance on Independent Contractors Highlights a Key Risk Area for Employers

Businesses should carefully assess any independent contractor arrangements in light of an “Administrator’s Interpretation” issued on July 15, 2015 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL). While the...more

OFCCP Seeks Final Approval Of Its Pay Transparency Regulations From OMB

OFCCP recently sent its proposed final regulations implementing Executive Order 13665 (the “Order”) to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for final approval. The Order, among other things, mandates that federal...more

DOL Files Discrimination Suit Against Baltimore-Based Federal Contractor

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has filed a lawsuit before the Office of Administrative Law Judges against WMS Solutions LLC (“WMS”) alleging violations of...more

The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Key Employment Law Take-Aways

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States answered the two questions it posed in the consolidated same-sex case, Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (June 26, 2015). The consolidated case arose from challenges to...more

OFCCP Files Suit Against Federal Subcontractor Staffing Agency for Alleged Discrimination and Harassment

In a complaint filed on June 17, 2015, OFCCP alleges that a staffing agency that supplies laborers to work for federal prime construction contractors at the prime contractors’ construction sites, permitted the prime...more

DOL Presents: The Ghost of Violations Past

On May 28, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed guidance for President Obama's infamous Executive Order 13673 – "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" (the Order). Although the stated purpose of the Order is "to...more

OSHA Publishes Guidance Regarding Restroom Access for Transgender Employees

On June 1, 2015, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers. OSHA stated that the “core principle” of the Guide is as follows: “All...more

OSHA Issues Best Practices for Transgendered Employee Restroom Use

Earlier this year, EmployNews reported on an EEOC decision indicating that employers must allow transgendered employees to use restrooms based on their gender identity regardless of co-worker complaints. In April, OFCCP...more

Affirmative Action Alert: Agencies issue proposals on "Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces" Executive Order

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the U.S. Department of Labor issued simultaneous proposals to implement President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The Executive Order, signed last July,...more

Agencies Issue Proposed Rule, Guidance on Blacklisting Executive Order

The federal agencies charged with implementing President Obama's July 31, 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order have released their much-anticipated proposed rule on this directive. On May 27, 2015, the Department...more

Spring Regulatory Agenda Sets Forth New Deadlines, Proposals

In keeping with past practice, federal agencies released their spring regulatory agendas on the eve of a holiday weekend. These semiannual reports list all of the federal agency regulations currently under development or...more

OFCCP Clarifies Invitation to Self-Identify and Protected Veterans Reporting Requirements – New VETS-4212 Form

The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued its Final Rule revising its regulations implementing reporting requirements under the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of...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

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

Hospitals Are Still In The OFCCP's Crosshairs

On February 12, 2015, U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) underscored its intent to continue to scrutinize hospitals, including nonprofit hospitals. The OFCCP found that Lahey Clinic...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

Department of Labor Says "Transparent Government" Begins With...Transparent Data about Businesses?

We’ve reached almost the end of April, and the long delayed, new FLSA regulations are still percolating somewhere in deep inside the DOL. So what has the agency been up to instead? Last month, as part of the annual “Sunshine...more

Preventing Wage Secrecy in DC: Another Layer to the Regulatory Cake

On March 11, 2015, the District of Columbia's Wage Transparency Act of 2014 (the "Act") took effect.  The Act makes it unlawful for employers to prohibit employees from discussing their wages, and also prohibits employer...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

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

One Of EEOC’s First Transgender Lawsuits Has Settled

The EEOC announced this week that one of the lawsuits — against Lakeland Eye Clinic of Florida — has settled. The Clinic has agreed to make two payments of $75,000 to Brandi Branson, who had been the Clinic’s Director of...more

The New OFCCP Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Protections Are Now In Effect

Yesterday, Executive Order (“EO”) 11246, as amended by EO 13762, officially went into effect, representing the first time in the federal sector that sexual orientation and gender identity have been expressly protected. On...more

New OFCCP Regulations Protecting LGBT Workers Now In Effect

As you may recall, last July, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. While many large federal...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

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