Tag Archives: Department of Labor

OFCCP Adds to 2019 Rulemaking Agenda

This week the Department of Labor announced its spring 2019 Regulatory Agenda.   Included was an new item from OFCCP that was part of its prior published regulatory agenda.  As OFCCP previously announced in 2018, its planned rule-making agenda for the near future includes rulemaking to address affirmative action obligations for TRICARE providers (slated for May 2019) and contractor’s use of religious … Continue Reading

It’s Official: Blacklisting Executive Order Revoked

As anticipated, President Trump has put an end to Executive Order 13673 – Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces, also known as the “blacklisting” executive order.  As expected, the President signed legislation disapproving of the Executive Order pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.  He also issued an Executive Order officially revoking the initial authorizing Executive Order signed by … Continue Reading

Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Final Rule Released

The Department of Labor and FAR Council have released, for publication tomorrow, final guidance and regulations implementing Executive Order 13673: Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces (also colloquially referred to as the Blacklisting Executive Order.) We are in the process of digesting the almost 900 pages of regulations, as well as an amendment to the Executive Order … Continue Reading

Breaking News: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Proposed Rule and Guidance Released

The Department of Labor has released proposed guidance to assist with implementation of Executive Order 13673 – Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.  The proposed guidance is expected to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow which will start a 60-day public comment period. The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has likewise released proposed regulations implementing the Executive Order, … Continue Reading

Department of Labor Invites Public Comment on Ways to Decrease Regulatory Burdens

On February 3, 2015 the Department of Labor published a second request for public comments on how it can increase regulatory effectiveness and minimize burdens.  DOL’s request is made pursuant to President Obama’s 2011 Executive Order 13563, requiring federal agencies to review their regulations for ways to make them more effective and less burdensome.  A … Continue Reading

Final Minimum Wage Regulations Released

Logging in at 338 pages, the Department of Labor (DOL) released final rules implementing Executive Order 13658 “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors.”  The Rules are due to be published in the Federal Register on October 7, and will be effective on December 6, 2014.  However, as specified in the Executive Order, the minimum wage … Continue Reading

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez Wants to Hear from the Contractor Community

The 32nd Annual ILG National Conference opened this morning with an address from Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.  This was the first time a sitting Secretary addressed the group, and Secretary Perez hoped it would not be the last.  In his remarks, the Secretary acknowledged the “good work” employers have done in past months to … Continue Reading

Senators Question DOL Increase of Prevailing Wage/Benefits for Fast Food Service Contract Act Employees

The Service Contract Act seems to be getting attention lately.  The proposed regulations implementing the President’s Executive Order 13658 raising the minimum wage for federal contractor employees would extend the minimum wage to (among others) “service employees” working on federal government contracts covered by the Service Contract Act (SCA).  The SCA applies to federal contracts … Continue Reading

Secretary Perez Blogs about Forthcoming Transgender Guidance

As we reported recently, President Obama intends to issue an Executive Order prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by federal contractors.  Also in support of LGBT Pride Month, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez recently blogged that the DOL is “updating enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination guidance to clarify that [the DOL] provides the full protection … Continue Reading

OFCCP Posts FAQs on New Veterans and Disability Regulations

On September 24, 2013, OFCCP published the final rules for veterans and individuals with disabilities.  The new rules require that employers make substantial changes to their hiring processes and systems within 120 days, or by March 24, 2014.  For more information on these changes, click here.  However, because it is unclear how the Agency will … Continue Reading

DOL Secretary Perez Seeks Collaboration Among Stakeholders

On his first day in office after being sworn in as the new DOL Secretary, Thomas Perez wasted no time blogging about his aspirations for creating “more opportunity for more people.”  The best way to promote opportunity, he says, “is through collaboration, consensus-building and pragmatic problem-solving.”  It will be interesting to see how Secretary Perez … Continue Reading