Federal Contracts Face $15 Minimum

The temporary victory for federal contractors over the Biden vaccine mandate notwithstanding, those same contractors have little to cheer as relates a different presidential executive order, this one mandating $15/hour minimum wages for their employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published its final rule implementing Executive Order # 14026, which mandates a $15…

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Contractor Vaccine Mandate Still On

Notwithstanding the difficulties the Biden Department of Labor is currently having with the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) relating employers with 100 or more employees as outlined above, those businesses operating as federal contractors are still subject to the vaccine Executive Order signed back on September 9 by President Biden and known as the “Federal Contractor…

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Biden Signs Unionize Executive Order

President Biden continued to polish his pro-labor bona fides on Monday of this week, when he issued an Executive Order on Worker Organizing and Empowerment that seeks to increase union organization and strengthen the hand of organized labor. The order establishes a Task Force to be chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris and vice-chaired by Labor…

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Biden Pushes More Workplace Safety Rules

In one of the record-setting number of Executive Orders he’s signed (32 in his first week in office), President Biden called for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue new COVID-19 protections for workers within two weeks and take a further look at enhancing enforcement measures against employers. The Executive Order on Protecting…

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Business Lobby Opposes Payroll Tax Order

Just a week after asking in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for clarity on President Trump’s Executive Order allowing deferral of Social Security payroll taxes, the  US Chamber of Commerce this week came out in opposition to it. In a letter sent this week to Mnuchin, Speaker of the House Pelosi and Senate…

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With Congress’ Inaction, Trump Issues Executive Orders

Last weekend, President Trump followed through on his threat to provide relief to Americans through Executive Orders if Congress couldn’t reach agreement on a new relief bill. They couldn’t so he did, signing 4 EOs under the broad heading of coronavirus stimulus.  Of particular import to business interests, he authorized deferral of the employee share…

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Federal Agencies Post Regulatory Guidance

Today is the deadline for all federal agencies to post all of their various guidance documents explaining their regulations. As mandated by two Executive Orders issued back in October, the guidance, which includes letters, press releases, adjudication decisions and the like, must now be posted on searchable websites. The Executive Orders signed in October –…

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DOL Issues Proposed Rule for Expanded Health Plans

The Department of Labor continued issuing business-friendlier regulations yesterday when it proposed new regulations to expand association health plans (AHPs) and thereby create more affordable health care options for small businesses. Back in October, President Trump issued an executive order promoting health care competition. That order specifically directed federal agencies to loosen restrictions on associations…

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SBA Roundtable

The Office of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Glen Allen, Virginia on October 16, the latest in a series of regional roundtables that have included others in Louisiana, Idaho, Washington, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and Kansas. The roundtables are designed to solicit suggestions from small business men and…

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Federal Sick Leave Staying

It would appear that the Trump administration is in no hurry to undo the Obama administration rule mandating paid sick leave for federal contractors, including those who operate their private businesses on federal properties. You will recall that President Obama issued an Executive Order back in 2015 that called for companies under federal contract to…

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