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You Should Know - October 2014

In This Issue: - Veterans Still Waiting - Five Errors to Avoid - Readers on Seventh Amendment - Excerpt from Five Common Errors to Avoid When Filing Claims: Backlog Improves, But Vets Still Struggle for...more

Function over Form: The Impact of Separate Stock Classes on Veteran-Owned Firms

In my recent blog post about Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOPS”), I discussed how the plans are treated differently under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program (the “VA Program”) for Veteran-Owned and...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Revising Federal Contractors’ Reporting of Veteran-Related Employment and Hiring Statistics

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service recently issued a Final Rule that revises reporting obligations to include aggregated veteran-related employment and hiring statistics, but excludes...more

New Regulations Simplify Reporting Requirements for Federal Contractors . . . Really, They Do!

If you do business with the federal government, chances are that you're feeling weighed down by the various new requirements placed on you over the past year. We’ve discussed these requirements in past posts below. That's why...more

OFCCP Issues New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing

On October 1, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released its new compliance evaluation scheduling letter and accompanying Itemized Listing, which the OFCCP will begin using to schedule new...more

DOD Proposes Significant Expansion of Military Lending Act Protections

On September 29, 2014, the Department of Defense (DOD) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend its regulation implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA), 32 C.F.R. Part 232, to significantly expand the...more

CFPB seeks organizations to host financial coaches

In July 2013, the CFPB announced its plans to launch a financial coaching project in 2014 for transitioning veterans and economically vulnerable consumers. Last week, the CFPB announced that it has contracted with the Armed...more

VETS Publishes Final Rule on VEVRAA Reporting Requirements

The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued its final rule implementing the reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). As...more

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes: New VETS-4212 Report Means More Changes for Federal Contractors

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. David Bowie’s familiar refrain has become the motto of federal contractors everywhere as they struggle to keep pace with the numerous regulatory changes and enforcement initiatives currently being...more

New VETS-4212 Rule Finalized – Contractors Must Report Aggregate Statistics

Changes to the VETS-100A report proposed by the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (“VETS”) earlier this year were approved and were published in the Federal Register last week. ...more

Finally Some Good News: VETS Final Rule Reduces Burden on Federal Contractors

If you are a federal contractor, you may be feeling a bit picked on by the Department of Labor of late. It seems as though every regulatory change increases the burden for federal contractors. But not so with the Final Rule...more

New VETS Report on the Horizon

Covered federal contractors and subcontractors must annually report the number of their employees who are protected veterans, and the number of veterans they have hired during a reporting period. At long last, the U.S....more

VETS-100 and 100A Veteran Hiring Reports Retired by the Department of Labor

The Department of Labor published a final regulation on September 25, 2014 that relieves federal contractors from filing VETS-100 and VETS-100A veterans hiring reports after 2014. The rules that required the VETS-100 Report...more

Pennsylvania District Court Certifies Class Despite Defendant’s Attempt To “Pick-Off” Class Representatives

A group of registered nurses formerly employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs sued the United States Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) in a putative class action seeking declaratory and injunctive relief in...more

Mortgage Servicers Partner With Obama Administration To Enhance SCRA Protections

On August 26, the Obama Administration announced a new partnership with residential mortgage servicers designed to enhance protections under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Speaking to the American Legion...more

VA Whistleblower in Phoenix Punished for Alerting Authorities

In 2010, Paula Pedene helped reveal a scandal in the Phoenix Veterans Affair Hospital revolving around mismanagement that ultimately led to the hospital being $11.4 million short in its budget. Now, it’s being reported that...more

CFPB announces plans to launch financial coaching project

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB announced that in late 2014, it plans to launch a financial coaching project for transitioning veterans and economically vulnerable consumers and seeks comments to...more

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act May Result in More Patients for Medicare Providers

The President signed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 [PDF] on August 7, 2014 (the “Act”). Ordinarily, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides medical care to veterans at Veterans Health...more

Health Care Providers to Get Greater Ability to Care for Veterans Under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of...

Last Thursday, President Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The Act will enable eligible veterans to obtain their health care from non-VA providers on an expanded...more

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: More Confusion for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

My house, my rules. That was the approach seemingly taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) when it crafted the regulations governing eligibility of Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses...more

Delaware Enacts State SCRA Law

On July 23, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed SB 206, which incorporates federal protections for servicemembers under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act into state law, extends those protections to members of the...more

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Critical Takeaways

After many years of U.S. military mobilizations and overseas deployments since 2001, our clients have learned some valuable lessons about consumer rights and privileges triggered by military service. Here are some of the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2014

In this issue: - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue an Interim Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue a Final Rule to Amend...more

Shady Record Keeping Not Just in the VA

The nation was recently stunned by the revelation that Department of Veterans Affairs administrators were manipulating dates on records to conceal the unreasonable wait times veterans seeking medical care were forced to...more

From D-Day to Afghanistan: Honoring Our Veterans by Reemploying Them

Seventy years ago, on June 6, 1944, the Allies’ liberation of Europe began with D-Day. Anyone who has had the privilege to travel to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in France and walk Omaha Beach and the surrounding area is struck by...more

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