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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

Federal Contractor Update

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring all federal contractors and subcontractors to pay a minimum of wage of $10.10 effective January 1, 2015 and providing for additional future increases...more

Change Proposed for VETS Reporting Requirements

In yet another development in the constantly changing affirmative action compliance landscape, on February 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) published a Notice of...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

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

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

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

DOL To Compel Federal Contractors To Hire More Veterans And Disabled Individuals

As expected, new U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has wasted little time implementing a number of agenda items in the few short weeks since his Senate confirmation. Most recently, Secretary Perez announced two...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

OFCCP Cleans House

As the federal contractor community awaits the final veterans and disability affirmative action regulations, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is keeping itself busy cleaning house....more

Changes To FMLA Service Member Leave Become Effective March 8, 2013

On February 5, 2013, the Department of Labor announced the final rules for changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) permitted under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. From the time the act was passed...more

DOL Issues Final FMLA Regulations

On February 5, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule implementing important expansions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) relating to the military leave provisions and the eligibility for and...more

Department of Labor Issues New Regulation Expanding FMLA Rights

On February 6, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a Final Rule implementing certain changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The Final Rule expands FMLA coverage for qualifying veterans, extends...more

When Hiring or Promoting, Use Caution Asking About Criminal Backgrounds

The Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a new directive advising federal contractors and subcontractors about potential liability that could result from using employees’...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Expanding FMLA Leave for Military Family Members

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued a Final Rule implementing recent Family and Medical Leave Act amendments expanding the leave which employers must provide to military family members. The Final...more

DOL Expands FMLA Coverage for Military Family Leave

To mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released the results of a study showing “employers generally find it easy to comply with the law,...more

Department Of Labor Expands Military Protections Of FMLA

On February 6, 2013, the Department of Labor announced a final rule that will expand protection for military service members’ families under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The final rule, which can be found here,...more

eTrends - DOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Amendments to the FMLA

On February 6, 2013, the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Final Rule amending certain regulations under the FMLA to expand...more

DOL Marks Two Decades of the FMLA With Finalized Rules and a Survey Report Lauding the Law’s Effectiveness

This week, the Department of Labor (DOL) marked the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by issuing a final rule (Rule) creating two expanded protections under the FMLA....more

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