Federal Ban the Box Mandate Coming

It seems the federal government is slowly joining the many states, cities and counties around the country that are prohibiting employer questions about criminal activities in a job applicant’s history until a conditional job offer has been extended. With passage of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act in December (incorporated in the Defense…

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DOL Issues New Directive on Business Audits

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) within the Department of Labor issued a new directive governing the process by which the federal government analyzes pay compliance by federal contractors. The new directive, which rescinds the more bureaucratically-involved process implemented by the Obama administration back in 2013, requires OFCCP pay analysis to…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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DOL Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

They just keep piling on, don’t they?  The Department of Labor yesterday issued regulations implementing President Obama’s 2015 executive order requiring that contractors with the federal government provide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year to employees of companies with federal contracts.  Obama initially mandated the new benefits by executive order over…

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Sick Leave Rule for Government Contractors Finalized

There may be only 174 days left to the Obama administration, but his penchant for ruling by Executive Order continues to impact businesses.  Executive Order 13706 requires federal contractors to offer their employees up to 7 days of paid sick leave per year on the basis of one hour earned for every 30 hours worked. …

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Comment Period on DOL Sick Leave Ends Soon

We remind our members and other subscribers that the public comment period for another egregious DOL regulation, the paid sick leave mandate on federal contractors, closes in 11 days.  DOL has mandated that all employers involved in a federal contract must provide paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour leave earned for every…

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