With national elections just around the corner, the steady drumbeat of new labor-related requirements has not waned. Indeed, four national trade associations wrote to the White House in August requesting “that no further presidential directives primarily focused on government contractors be issued for the foreseeable future.” The letter cited the 16 contractor-focused regulations issued by the Obama Administration that have resulted in a significant increase in the cost of doing business with the government.
On May 25, 2016, at 9:15 am, Crowell & Moring attorneys Kris Meade, Trina Fairley Barlow, Rebecca Springer, and Jason Crawford will highlight some of the most significant new labor-related risks and challenges including an update on enforcement efforts from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) as well as the following regulatory developments:
- Gender Pay Equity—The EEOC’s proposed revisions to the EEO-1 Report; OFCCP’s final rule implementing the executive order (EO) on pay transparency ; and OFCCP’s proposed Equal Pay Report.
- Paid Sick Leave—The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed rule implementing the EO requiring that covered federal government contractors provide employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave per year.
- Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces—The final FAR Rule and DOL Guidance, expected to be released in the coming months, which will impose sweeping compliance and reporting obligations on federal contractors by requiring bidders to disclose whether they have received any “administrative merits determinations,” “arbitral awards or decisions,” or “civil judgments” within the preceding three-year period for the violation of fourteen enumerated labor laws The panel, titled “Oh, and Do This, Too” – Executive Actions Impose Ever-Expanding Labor-Related Burdens on Contractors” should prove valuable for contractors looking to navigate the new labor-related requirements that have been layered atop an already complex federal acquisition system.
Check back in the coming days for more updates as we count down to the events on May 18 (L.A.) and May 25th (in DC)! You can also check for updates on Twitter using the hashtag #cm2016oops, and at crowell.com/OOPS.