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Equal Pay Issues Addressed by President Obama on “National Equal Pay Day,” When He Signed An Executive Order and Presidential...

On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum that will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide to the U.S. Department of Labor compensation data based on their employees’ sex and race....more

Equal Pay: Revisiting Federal Contractor Compensation Practices and Policies

On April 8, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum intended to engender pay equality for women and minorities. The Order amends Executive Order 11246 and prohibits federal...more

President Obama Delivers Double Dose of Wage-Related Rules to Employers

President Obama signed two important documents this week that impact many employers. First, he signed an Executive Order protecting employees who disclose their compensation to co-workers. Second, he sent a Presidential...more

President Takes Executive Action Over Pay Equity By Federal Government Contractors

Yesterday, in connection with “Equal Pay Day” ceremonies at the White House, President Obama issued an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum aimed at ensuring that employees of Federal government contractors and...more

DOL Announces Five-Year OFCCP Moratorium For TRICARE Providers

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced last month that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will issue a directive establishing a five-year moratorium on enforcement of affirmative action...more

Sex, Pay, and Retaliation: The White House Weighs In Again

President Obama directed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to propose a rule requiring that federal contractors submit summary compensation data to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and issued an executive order...more

Congress To Hold Hearing On OFCCP Jurisdiction

On Thursday March 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing on the Protecting Health Care Providers from Increased Administrative Burdens Act (H.R. 3633). H.R. 3633 is a response by...more

DOL Proposes Rule Requiring Contractors to Report Aggregate Veterans Information

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on Friday which would change reporting requirements for federal contractors under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act...more

Federal Contractor Affirmative Action Regulations Take Effect March 24, 2014

New regulations issued by Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs take effect March 24, 2014. Requirements include establishing hiring benchmarks for veterans and adopting utilization goals for...more

DOL Seeks Remand Of District Court Case Regarding OFCCP’s Data Gathering Authority

Earlier this week the Department of Labor moved to remand Frito-Lay’s lawsuit seeking to block the production of employment data in connection with an OFCCP investigation into discrimination at its Dallas facility. Frito-Lay,...more

Labor And Employment Observer - 2013/2014

In This Issue: Message from the Chair; Social Media and the Workplace: 2013 and Beyond; Unpaid Internships: Training Ground or Legal Landmine?; Supreme Court’s Nassar Decision Sets Higher Causation Standard for a...more

Stoel Rives World of Employment's Top Predictions for 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, our Labor and Employment group put its collective head together to come up with our top predictions, from the cautious to the audacious, for what the new year will bring. Stay tuned in 2014 to see...more

Employment Flash - November 2013

In This Issue: - OFCCP Releases VEVRAA and Rehabilitation Act Section 503 Final Rules - US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA - SDNY Rules That NYC Human Rights Law Does Not...more

DOL’s Final Rule Designed to Increase Hiring and Employment

Employers holding contracts with the federal government in excess of $10,000, as well as their subcontractors, should be aware of some important changes to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and...more

Act Now Advisory: New Obligations Imposed on Federal Government Contractors with OFCCP's Issuance of Final Regulations Covering...

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") issued its much anticipated final regulations regarding the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended, and Section 503...more

New Rules for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor (DOL) recently finalized new rules affecting the affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations of federal contractors and...more

OFCCP Announced a Series of Consent Decrees Impacting Contractors Prior to the Government Shutdown

A Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) approved a consent decree on September 16, 2013 between the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and Medtronic, Inc....more

Energy Company Settles OFCCP Racial Bias Allegations

On September 27, 2013, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (“BGE”) announced that it entered into a conciliation agreement with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) to settle claims...more

Federal Contractors Should Prepare for New Hiring Burdens to Take Effect in Early 2014

On August 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced Final Rules establishing new regulations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era...more

Federal Contractors Beware: New OFCCP Rules Heighten Your Affirmative Action Obligations

On August 27, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced new rules intended to improve job opportunities for protected veterans and people with disabilities....more

New Affirmative Action Rules for Federal Contractors

On August 27, the U.S. Department of Labor announced two significant final rules governing affirmative action. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) administers affirmative action requirements that...more

With Privilege Comes Responsibility

Gone are the days when being a federal contractor meant an expensive dinner with politicians, followed by getting a lucrative contract signed with the government, and breaking ground on some swamp land redevelopment only to...more

OFCCP Issues Long-Anticipated Rules on Workers with Disabilities

On August 27, 2013, the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued its long-awaited final rule implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. OFCCP first...more

OFCCP Announces Big Changes for Federal Contractors’ Affirmative Action Obligations

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) just announced sweeping changes to the rules for federal government contractors that are required to prepare and maintain affirmative action...more

OFCCP Establishes New 7 Percent Utilization Goal for Individuals With Disabilities and Benchmarks for Veterans

On August 27, 2013 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published long-anticipated final rules to the affirmative action regulations for individuals with disabilities and for...more

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