Tag Archives: Federal Contractors

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – Filing Deadline Extended for Vets-4212 Report

Federal contractors have extra time this year to submit their annual VETS-4212 report. In order to accommodate the needs of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Federal contractors who file their VETS-4212 Reports by November 15, 2017 will not be cited for failure to file a timely Report or failure to comply with Federal regulations.… Continue Reading

Trump Acts to Block the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 37, blocking the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule, the controversial rule enacted by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council in August 2016, that legislators have criticized as a method to blackball federal contractors. The bill’s signing follows the U.S. Senate’s March 6, 2017 vote of 49-48 (along party lines) to formally disapprove of the rule.… Continue Reading

Register Now For The OFCCP Institute’s Compliance Conference in Chicago

The OFCCP’s increasingly aggressive enforcement scheme continues to present challenges for federal contractors and subcontractors. Please join The OFCCP Institute for a comprehensive two-day seminar featuring several distinguished speakers, including Chai Feldblum of the EEOC, Consuelo Pinto of the DOL’s Division of Civil Rights, and OFCCP and employment attorney, Christy Kiely.… Continue Reading

Contractors Beware: “Blacklisting” Rule Finalized

Today, on August 25, 2016, the Department of Labor issued final Guidance implementing Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, bleakly referred to by the contractor community as the “blacklisting” order. The “blacklisting” order places a new focus on labor and employment issues during the federal procurement process. Covered federal contractors and subcontractors must now disclose to the government previous violations of fourteen different federal labor and employment laws, plus equivalent state counterparts. Pre-award disclosures must be made before a contract can be awarded to ensure the company is a “responsible” labor source. Updated reports then are required every six months post-award. The rule also imposes limits on the arbitration of certain employment claims, and requires specified paycheck disclosures and transparency.… Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces Final Rule Implementing 2014 Wage Transparency Executive Order

On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a Final Rule implementing last year’s Executive Order 13665, which prohibits federal contractors from discharging, or discriminating against, any employee or applicant who “has inquired about, discussed, or disclosed” either their own compensation information or that of another employee or applicant.… Continue Reading

Department of Labor Proposes Rule Imposing New Reporting Requirements on Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

In response to a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Labor ("DOL") to collect summary compensation data from federal contractors and subcontractors to combat pay discrimination, the DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") recently proposed a rule calling on certain federal contractors to submit reports on employee compensation.… Continue Reading

DOL Proposed Rule to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

On February 12, 2014, President Obama announced Executive Order 13658, "Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors." The order seeks to raise the hourly minimum wage paid to workers performing services on covered Federal contracts to: (i) $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015; and (ii) beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Order.… Continue Reading

Recent Executive Action Relies on Wage Transparency To Further Pay Equity Agenda

On April 8, 2014, in recognition of National Equal Pay Day, President Obama continued to advance his wage equality agenda by focusing on wage transparency through Executive Order on Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information (“Executive Order”) and a Presidential Memorandum entitled “Advancing Pay Equality Through Compensation Data Collection” (“Presidential Memorandum”).… Continue Reading

Federal Agencies Close As Shutdown Begins

Federal employees awoke Tuesday morning to discover that the government had shut down for the first time in 17 years after Congress failed to agree on a new budget or extend the current one in a session that went past midnight on Monday.  As a result, more than 800,000 workers across the country have been … Continue Reading

UPDATED: OFCCP Publishes New Rules for Veterans/Disabled – Effective March 2014

On September 24, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published two rules that impose new affirmative action obligations toward veterans and individuals with disabilities. These rules, issued under VEVRAA (Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, create significant new burdens for covered federal contractors and subcontractors. … Continue Reading

OFCCP Publishes New Rules for Veterans/Disabled – Effective March 2014

On September 24, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published two rules that impose new affirmative action obligations for veterans and individuals with disabilities.  These rules, issued under VEVRAA  (Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, create significant new burdens for covered federal contractors and subcontractors. … Continue Reading

Hospitals May Be OFCCP-Covered Subcontractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has a long history of attempting to assert jurisdiction over hospitals.  A recent federal court ruling confirms that, despite some recent victories for hospital employers in this area, hospitals may indeed find themselves subject to OFCCP jurisdiction. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently … Continue Reading

OFCCP Proposes 2013 Budget, Announces Goals

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) budget request for next year reflects its intent to increase aggressive enforcement.  The OFCCP, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the agency charged with enforcing the affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors.   Approximately 25% of the American workforce is employed by federal contractors … Continue Reading

Federal Contractors Face Expanded Obligations Under OFCCP Director Shiu

Federal contractors have numerous non-discrimination and affirmative action obligations under Executive Order 11246, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act ("VEVRAA") and the Rehabilitation Act, including the preparation of annual written affirmative action plans. These obligations are enforced by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP"), which is currently headed by … Continue Reading

Deadline For VETS-100/100A Reports Extended By Two Months

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) of the Department of Labor (DOL) just posted a “Special Announcement” delaying the 2011 VETS-100/100A Filing Cycle.  Typically, covered employers are required to submit the VETS-100 and VETS-100A Reports annually by September 30.  The forms identify the number of protected veteran employees and new hires in the workforce.  … Continue Reading

The OFCCP Continues To Demand More From Federal Contractors

By proposing to amend its Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) is at it again, imposing greater burdens on federal contractors.  Following its recent proposal to strengthen contractors’ affirmative action efforts for veterans, the OFCCP has now issued a proposal to modify its Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing … Continue Reading