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Save the Date: Final Rule for Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Set For April 2016

Posted in Employment, Fair Pay and Safe Work Places, Labor
On Nov. 19, 2015, OMB released the fall 2015 regulatory agenda of regulations currently under development, listing April 2016 as the target for publication of the final rule implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Work Places” executive order. The final rule, which is likely to be challenged in court by contractors and industry trade groups,… Continue Reading

Nothing to Sneeze at: Obama Administration Issues 13th EO Targeting Federal Contractors

Posted in Employment, Government Contracting, Labor
On September 7, the Obama Administration issued a new executive order requiring that federal government contractors provide paid sick leave to employees, the latest in a series of EOs targeting federal contractors, which have to date resulted in 16 new regulations (previously discussed here, here and here).  According to the White House, “[b]eginning with new… Continue Reading

VIDEO: FCA Litigation — Determining Damages, Whistleblower Employees, and Tricky Issues

Posted in Employment, False Claims, Labor
Partner Mark Troy, in this three-part video series, provides an overview of the trends in False Claims Act litigation that are likely to affect companies in the coming year, including the proper measure of damages and how to deal with whistleblower employees and enforce contractual releases. All three videos are embedded below for viewing. For… Continue Reading

Hiring a Former Government Official? Obtain and Hold On to the Ethics Letter

Posted in Employment, Ethics & Compliance
The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (IG) recently released a July 6, 2015 Memorandum announcing that it will “immediately” begin the field work for its assessment of DoD compliance with Section 847 of the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), “Requirements for Senior Defense Officials Seeking Employment with Defense Contractors.” Section 847… Continue Reading

Comment Period for “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Extended Again

Posted in Employment, Labor
In an August 3 letter to eight committee and subcommittee chairs, the FAR Council and the Department of Labor indicated that the comment period for the “Fair Pay Safe Workplaces” proposed FAR Rule and related DOL Guidance would be extended to August 26 (from the current date of August 11, 2015).  On July 15, as… Continue Reading

Congressional Committee Chairs Request that OFPP and DoL Withdraw “Fair Pay” Proposed Rule and Guidance

Posted in Employment, Labor
On July 15, 2015, the Chairmen of the House committees of jurisdiction sent a letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez and OFPP Administrator Anne Rung regarding the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Proposed Rule and Guidance.  Citing the myriad legal, procedural and substantive flaws in the EO and resulting Proposed Rule and Guidance (previously discussed… Continue Reading

FAR Council and DOL Extend “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Comment Period

Posted in Employment, Ethics & Compliance, Labor, Legal Developments, Reporting and Disclosure, Small Business
In response to several requests from industry to extend the a 60-day comment period for the proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and guidance implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order,” the FAR Council and the DoL have extended the comment period to August 11, 2015 (from the current date of July 27, 2015). As discussed… Continue Reading

Join Crowell & Moring for a Webinar on the New “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Proposed Rule and Guidance

Posted in Employment, Ethics & Compliance, Labor, Reporting and Disclosure, Responsibility, Small Business
Please join us on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., as Crowell & Moring presents the webinar, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Proposed Rule and Guidance: What You Need to Know.” On May 28, 2015, the Obama Administration published the highly-anticipated proposed FAR rule and proposed DOL guidance implementing the Fair… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Issues Proposed Rule and Guidance for Implementing “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces”

Posted in Employment, Labor
On May 28, 2015, the Obama Administration published the highly-anticipated Proposed Rule and Proposed Guidance implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, (E.O.) which President Obama issued on July 31, 2014. The proposed rule adds a new subpart to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) – subpart 22.20 “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” –… Continue Reading

OMB and DoL Direct Agencies to Appoint Labor Compliance Advisors Pursuant to “Fair Pay” EO

Posted in Employment, Ethics & Compliance, Labor, Responsibility, Suspension & Debarment
On March 5, OMB and DoL circulated a Memorandum to federal agencies regarding the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (previously discussed here, and here), providing “guidance” with respect to the Labor Compliance Advisor role created by the EO, and directing agencies to designate within 90 days a senior-level official to serve as LCA. … Continue Reading

DoD Implements Restrictions on Employee/Contractor Agreements Requiring Arbitration

Posted in Employment, Labor
On May 19, 2010, DoD issued an interim rule implementing Section 8116 of the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Act. This rule, which does not apply to commercial items, prohibits use of appropriated funds for contracts, task/delivery orders, or bilateral modifications in excess of $1 million, unless the contractor agrees not to enforce, or enter into, agreements with… Continue Reading