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09Sep2015

Obama orders paid sick leave for federal contractor workers

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By Kelline R. Linton, Associate.   On Monday, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring all federal contractors to offer paid sick leave by 2017. Federal contractors must allow employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave each year (one hour of paid sick leave for every thirty hours worked). This leave
07Aug2015

Keeping an Eye on the NLRB and Executive Orders

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By Linda H. Evans, Senior Associate.   Keeping an eye on the NLRB   As August winds down, some NLRB watchers are expecting to see a flurry of activity from the Board. Possible announcements could include one dealing with an expanded view of what constitutes joint employers and another one allowing the unionization of Northwestern
05Dec2014

Hot off the Press: Discrimination Issues

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By Linda H. Evans, Senior Associate.   Two discrimination issues were in the news this week. The first issue deals with pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. On December 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the UPS case and will determine whether the company had the responsibility to provide light duty work to
06Oct2014

Court finds extrapolation permissible to prove liability under False Claims Act

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By Kelline R. Linton, Associate.   On Monday, a Tennessee federal judge ruled that government attorneys can extrapolate from a small sample of billing statements to prove liability under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) in a closely watched whistleblower case—Life Care Centers of America Inc.   In Life Care Centers, the government accused a nursing
29Aug2014

D.C. Circuit Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege for Companies’ Internal Investigations

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By Kelline R. Linton, Associate.   In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the attorney-client privilege for companies conducting internal investigations. (Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., No. 1:05-cv-1276 (D.C. Cir. June 27, 2014)).   In Kellogg Brown, the company had asserted the attorney-client privilege over an internal investigation,
13Aug2014

OFCCP issues proposed rule requiring annual Equal Pay Report

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By Kelline R. Linton, Junior Associate.   On August 6, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require federal contractors and subcontractors with 100 or more employees to submit an annual Equal Pay Report to the OFCCP. The OFCCP officially published the proposed rule on
06Aug2014

Federal contractors to report violations during bidding under new Executive Order

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By Kelline R. Linton, Junior Associate.   On July 31, 2014, the President signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order, which will require federal contractors to report violations of 14 federal laws and as yet unspecified state laws when bidding on service and supply contracts. This Order is effective immediately, but will start
22Jul2014

President Extends Accelerated Payments Program for Small Businesses

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By Kelline R. Linton, Junior Associate.   On July 10, 2014, at the direction of the President, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum that directed all government agencies to continue QuickPay for federal small business subcontractors through December 31, 2016.   QuickPay is an accelerated payments initiative, where the government pays its
11Apr2014

New Mandates Imposed on Government Contractors

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By Linda H. Evans, Senior Associate.   On April 8, 2014, the President signed a memo that would require government contractors to submit extensive reporting on their salary practices. Additionally, he signed an executive order applicable to government contractors that prohibits any retaliation against individuals when there has been a disclosure of salary information.  
02Apr2014

The OFCCP Final Rules now Effective

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By Kelline R. Linton, Junior Associate.   The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) recently issued Final Rules that changed regulations under both the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 503”). These Final Rules became effective on March 24, 2014. These changes were designed to
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