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DOL releases final rules on paid sick leave for federal contractors

A special thanks to Adam Bennett for his work on this article.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their employees with at least seven days of paid sick leave each year. The final rules were published on Friday, Sept. 30 and will go into effect 60 days after publication (Nov. 29, 2016). Despite the “effective date,” the sick leave rule will only apply to federal contractors and subcontractors entering into new contracts where the solicitation was issued or the federal contract was awarded on or after Jan. 1, 2017.…

Reminder to federal contractors and subcontractors: April 8th effective date for expanded discrimination protections

In December, 2014, Jamie LaPlante wrote here about expanded obligations under the affirmative action laws that cover federal contractors and subcontractors. Among the changes she mentioned was the April 8th effective date for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity among the classes protected under affirmative action laws. The expanded protections apply to all federal contractors and subcontractors who enter into new contracts or modify existing contracts on or after April 8th.

Under the expanded protections, discrimination against applicants or employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited. Sexual orientation and gender identity now …

Union Organizing Posting Rules: Reminder that Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Must Still Post

Recently, we pointed out that the effort by the National Labor Relations Board to impose on all employers an obligation to post notices about union organizing rights remains stalled. That article resulted in some questions about whether federal contractors and subcontractors are still required to post a notice about union organizing. The posting obligation for federal contractors and subcontractors is based on Executive Order 13496, which was signed by President Obama in 2009 and took effect in June, 2010. That obligation remains in effect for federal contractors and subcontractors. It is not changed by the NLRB’s stalled effort to …

OFCCP Proposes Numerical Goals for Employment of Persons with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has proposed a new rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to set a goal to have 7% of their workforce be individuals with disabilities. Presently, federal contractors and subcontractors are only required to set percentage numerical goals for areas of their workforces where women and minorities are found to be underrepresented based on an "Availability Analysis" conducted under OFCCP regulations. The 7% goal for persons with disabilities proposed by OFCCP would apply to each job group in the contractor’s workforce. It is not based on any calculation by …

E-Verify: What Does This Mean For My Company?

You may have noticed a spate of recent articles and announcements indicating that “all federal contractors” will be required to begin using the federal government’s E-Verify system beginning September 8, 2009. Originally set to take effect on January 15, 2009, there have been three prior delays in implementing mandatory use of E-Verify for federal contractors. On August 26, however, a federal district judge rejected a request for further delay, so it appears the E-Verify regulations will actually go into effect on September 8. (See our recent blog post.) In light of this, current contractors should start thinking about how E-Verify will affect …

Obama Signs Pro-Labor Executive Orders, Reversing Bush Policies

On Friday, January 30, President Obama signed three executive orders which have a significant impact on the rights of employees of federal contractors. The President said that these orders would “reverse many of the policies towards organized labor that we’ve seen these last eight years, policies with which I’ve sharply disagreed.” In effect, these Executive Orders favor the interests of organized labor concerning representation of employees of federal contractors.

One order requires that a company taking over a federal contract from a predecessor company offer jobs to nonsupervisory employees already on the job when the new contractor takes over. This requirement is a revival of …

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