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Katie Aber is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Labor & Employment Group. Katie represents employers in both litigation and counseling matters. She has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including drafting and challenging complaints, fact and expert discovery, and drafting motions and briefs. On the counseling side, Katie has experience in advising clients on various pre-litigation, employment-related issues, as well as on issues relating to public accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Katie also has experience conducting workplace investigations on a variety of issues, including harassment and retaliation claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Katie was a civil litigation attorney at an international law firm in New York City, where she concentrated her practice on commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling, and white collar defense matters.

Katie graduated from Columbia Law School in 2017, where she was a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served on the Journal of Law and Social Problems.

Now more than ever, federal contractors find themselves at the intersection of innovation and regulation, particularly in the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  AI is now incorporated into a broad range of business systems, including those with the potential to inform contractor employment decisions.  For that reason, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued new guidance entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Equal Employment Opportunity for Federal Contractors” (the “AI Guide”).  OFCCP issued the AI Guide in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order 14110 (regarding the “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence”), which we reported on here.  The AI Guide provides answers to commonly asked questions about the use of AI in the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) context.  The AI Guide also offers “Promising Practices,” which highlight a number of important considerations for federal contractors.  Focusing on federal contractors’ obligations and attendant risks when utilizing AI to assist in employment-related decisions, the AI Guide also provides recommendations for ensuring compliance with EEO requirements while harnessing the efficiencies of AI.Continue Reading Harmonizing AI with EEO Requirements: OFCCP’s Blueprint for Federal Contractors

On December 30, 2022, New York Governor signed into law Labor Law Section 240-i, establishing a registration system for contractors and subcontractors engaged in public work and covered private projects in New York. This law will require contractors to register with the New York State Department of Labor (the “Department of Labor”) every two years, by submitting various disclosures about their businesses, in order to ensure that contractors do not have previous labor law violations, and will abide by New York labor laws and regulations, including prevailing wage requirements. The Department of Labor will establish and maintain a public on-line system where registrations and disclosures are available. Continue Reading New Registration Requirement for Contractors and Subcontractors Performing Public Works and Covered Private Projects in New York