Tag Archives: President Obama

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

Senate Votes to “Disapprove” Blacklisting Regulation

By a narrow margin of 49-48, the Senate has voted to “disapprove” President Obama’s much challenged Executive Order 13673: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which required the mandatory reporting of labor violations for contractors going through the contract procurement process.  Relying on the power granted it by the Congressional Review Act, Congress has all be sealed the … Continue Reading

Breaking News: President Obama Signs Executive Order Requiring Federal Agencies to Take Record of Labor and Employment Law Violations into Account When Awarding Contracts, and Placing New Reporting Burdens on Government Contractors

In the latest in a series of recent Executive Orders signed by the President,  creating significant additional burdens for federal contractors, the President signed today the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order”.  In addition to releasing the EO, the White House also published a fact sheet on the new obligations contained in the EO. … Continue Reading

Update: OMB Reviewing “Pay Transparency” Regulations

Earlier this week, OFCCP delivered to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposed regulations implementing the President’s recent Executive Order 13665 prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for discussing their pay.  A White House Fact Sheet provides more information on how the proposed regulations fit into the President’s pay initiatives. After OMB reviews (and … Continue Reading

Breaking News: President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning Employment Discrimination by Government Contractors on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

The President today signed a much anticipated Executive Order prohibiting workplace discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Here is a link to the executive order. Of particular note, the executive order does not contain a religious exemption.  That topic has been one of intense negotiation between the … Continue Reading

DOL Extends Minimum Wage Regulation Public Comment Period

In response to several requests received from the public for more time to comment on the proposed regulations implementing President Obama’s Executive Order increasing the  minimum wage for federal contractors, the Department of Labor has extended the public comment period. The new deadline to submit comments is July 28, 2014.… 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

House Speaker John Boehner to Sue President Obama Over Recent Executive Orders

Earlier today House Speaker John Boehner announced his intent to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the President’s recent Executive Order actions.  As we have been discussing, President Obama has recently issued  numerous Executive Orders affecting the employment practices of Federal Contractors. The details of the Speaker’s proposed lawsuit are not yet available but … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Minimum Wage NPRM Published in Federal Register

As an update to our post last week, the Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a minimum wage for federal contractors has now been formally published in the Federal Register.  With this publication, the 30-day public comment period starts to run, making the deadline to submit comments July 17, 2014. Comments can be submitted … Continue Reading

President Obama to Issue Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination

President Obama will soon issue yet another federal contractor Executive Order, this time prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by federal contractors.  We do not have details of the proposed executive order yet, but the announcement comes on the heels of the President’s recent delcaration of June 2014 as LGBT Pride Month. As with other, recent Executive Orders, … Continue Reading

Breaking News: Department of Labor Announces Minimum Wage Rule

The Department of Labor released today its Notice of Proposed Rule Making to raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 an hour.  The proposed rule implements Executive Order 13658, which was announced by the President on February 12, 2014. Once the proposed rule is officially published in the Federal Register the public will have … Continue Reading

OFCCP Listens to Stakeholder Initial Thoughts On Pay Data Collection Tool

On April 29, 2014, OFCCP held the first of what we expect will be several meetings with interested parties regarding impending regulations implementing President Obama’s latest efforts to combat pay discrimination.  As we previously shared, on April 8, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13665 prohibiting government contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against individuals for … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs New Executive Order and Memorandum Regarding Pay Discrimination Enforcement: What Does it Mean for Federal Contractors?

Its getting harder to be a Federal contractor.  On February 12, President Obama signed an executive order bumping the minimum wage for at least some federal contractor employees to $10.10 an hour, raising many questions which we discussed here.  But the President didn’t stop there.  Based on his action today, two new obligations will soon … Continue Reading

Equal Pay Executive Orders: The President Has Big Plans for Equal Pay Day

Tomorrow is National Equal Pay Day:  the day which symbolizes how far into 2014 women must work to earn what men earned in 2013. Pursuing his equal pay agenda and his recent penchant for executive orders, President Obama will reportedly sign two Executive Orders tomorrow with implications for federal government contractors.  One order is said … Continue Reading

New Minimum Wage for Employees of Federal Contractors FAQs

As we updated you last week, President Obama has signed an Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.  After reading the the Order many employers still have questions surrounding the impact of the President’s executive action.  We have prepared some FAQs to help answer these questions. The President … Continue Reading

President Obama Announces Thomas E. Perez as Secretary of Labor Nominee

As we shared with you last week, President Obama has nominated Thomas E. Perez as the next Secretary of Labor.  If appointed, Perez will take the place of Hilda Solis, who resigned earlier this year. The confirmation process for Perez may not come without its challenges.   Perez has drawn criticism from some Conservatives regarding his … Continue Reading