Tag Archives: U.S. Department of Labor

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Increased Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage for federal contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658 will be $10.35/ hour.  The announcement was made via posting in the federal register on September 15, 2017.  The wage rate for tipped employees will also increase to $7.25/hour. This is the third increase … Continue Reading

Department of Labor to Recognize Employers Who Recruit, Employ Veterans

Coming out of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act), signed by President Trump on May 5, the U.S Department of Labor has created the HIRE Vets Medallion Program.  The program will award employers who “recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the … Continue Reading

Confirmation Hearing Set for Secretary of Labor Nominee

The confirmation hearing for President Trump’s second Secretary of Labor nominee, Alex Acosta, has been set for March 15. Acosta was nominated after President Trump’s initial nominee, Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration following growing controversy. While nothing prevents Acosta’s confirmation hearing from being postponed, as Puzder’s was several times before his eventual withdrawal, there does … Continue Reading

Acting Solicitor of Labor Named

Last week, amidst the drama of Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal from consideration as the Secretary of Labor, the Trump administration quietly appointed Nicholas Geale as the acting Solicitor for the Department of Labor.  The Solicitor of Labor is counsel for the various agencies within the Department of Labor, such as OFCCP and OSHA, representing them in … Continue Reading

Who will be the new head of OFCCP in the Trump Administration?

Who will lead the OFCCP under a new Trump administration?  The short is answer is we still don’t know.  As we previously reported, OFCCP Director Pat Shiu left the Agency in the days following the election.  Deputy Director, Tom Dowd, a seasoned OFCCP official, has now taken the reins as the “Interim Acting Director” and … Continue Reading

Trump Nominates Businessman to Head Department of Labor

President-elect Trump has announced many Cabinet appointments and last week announced Andy Puzder, head of fast food brands Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., for Secretary of Labor.  Several names were circulated in recent weeks as possible successors to outgoing Secretary Thomas Perez, including Vicki Lipnic, a current EEOC Commissioner.  However, in recent days it became clearer that Puzder … Continue Reading

First Lawsuit Challenging Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Obligations Filed

As anticipated, the first lawsuit challenging the legality of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces executive order and final rules is now on the books. Filed by the Associated Builders and Contractors, a construction trade group, and the National Association of Security Companies, the complaint contains six counts which allege the Obama administration, the FAR Council and … Continue Reading

Breaking News: Final Pay Data Reporting Report and Paid Sick Leave Regulations Released

On the eve of the end of its fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Labor has released final rules for new EEO-1 Pay Data reporting obligations as well as paid sick leave regulations for federal contractors. EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting As highly anticipated, and a day before the deadline for the 2016 EEO-1 reporting period, EEOC … Continue Reading

Complimentary Webinar: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule

As we previously announced, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council have published the highly-anticipated final guidance and regulations implementing President Barack Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often called the “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” Executive Order. This rule will present significant challenges and have … Continue Reading

Department of Labor Regulatory Agenda Update

The Department of Labor has released its Spring 2016 regulatory agenda.  While the agency has accomplished many things already this year there are still a couple of items it would like to check off its list, including the following: Discrimination on the Basis of Sex – final rule slated for this month.  OFCCP initially projected December 2015 for … Continue Reading

Paid Sick Leave Comment Period Extended

Based on feedback received, the U.S. Department of Labor has extended the public comment period for Executive Order 13706 – Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.  Comments are now due to the agency by April 12, 2016. Comments can be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov or in writing through mail addressed … Continue Reading

DOL Publishes Proposed Paid Sick Leave Regulations

As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Labor has published its proposed regulations implementing Executive Order 13706 – Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.  Today’s publication in the Federal Register initiates a 30-day public comment period.  The comment period will close March 28, 2016. The proposed regulations seek to implement President Obama’s Executive Order directing government contractors to … Continue Reading

Another Request for Withdrawal of Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order Guidance

Shortly after the U.S. Department of Labor and Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council extended the public comment period for pending proposals implementing Executive Order 13673, a group of Senate Republicans requested the U.S. Department of Labor withdraw its proposed guidance. This is the second request made by Congressional leadership for withdrawal of the published guidance.  In late … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Additional Extension for Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Public Comment Period

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today another extension of the public comment period for the proposed guidance and regulations implementing The Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673.  The deadline for submitting comments is now August 26, 2015.  This is the second extension for this public comment period. The notice does not specifically address whether … Continue Reading

Public Comment Period Extended for Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Proposed Rules and Guidance

The Department of Labor has extended the public comment period for the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed guidance (“DOL Guidance”) implementing President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673).  The Department of Defense has done the same with respect to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council  proposed regulations (“FAR Proposed Rule”) implementing the Executive Order.  The public … Continue Reading

Complimentary JL Webinar Discussing the New “Blacklisting” Executive Order Proposed Guidance and Regulations

As part of our continued efforts to analyze and disseminate information about the recently published proposed guidance implementing Executive Order 13673, JL will be hosting a complimentary webinar Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 Eastern, entitled “Understanding the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order – Ten Steps Contractors Should Take Now.” … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor and FAR Council Publish Proposed Guidance and Rules Implementing “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

As we previously reported, the U.S. Department of Labor has published proposed guidance (“DOL Guidance”) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council has published proposed regulations (“FAR Proposed Rule”) implementing President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often called the “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” executive order.  The Order requires government contractors and … Continue Reading
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