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Contractors facing a determination by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, that -- as an employer -- they have violated the anti-discrimination laws applicable to federal contractors often have little information regarding the basis for the agency's claims against them.  Read More



Last month, the U.S. Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs filed their first Complaint against a federal contractor of the Trump-era. The Complaint alleges that contractor Advance 2000 Inc. violated a June 2015 conciliation agreement with OFCCP by failing to submit required progress reports and failing to respond to OFCCP's notice of violation.  Read More



Federal contractors will not face requirements aimed at protecting employees from wage theft and unsafe working conditions under a rule the Trump administration finalized on Monday. The rule follows a resolution Republican lawmakers passed and President Trump signed in March under the Congressional Review Act, which voided an Obama administration push for more transparent compliance with workplace laws for employees working on federal contracts.  Read More



Following cancellation of a $300 million contract with utility provider Whitefish Energy Holdings to help rebuild a portion of Puerto Rico's crippled electrical grid in the wake of Hurricane Maria, a GOP legislator has more questions for Puerto Rican authorities about their controversial hurricane recovery contract with the small Montana energy firm.  Read More



Contractors facing a determination by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, that -- as an employer -- they have violated the anti-discrimination laws applicable to federal contractors often have little information regarding the basis for the agency's claims against them.  Read More



Federal contractors paid out a record $23 million in the past fiscal year to settle workplace discrimination charges with the Labor Department, according to government data. Since last October, the DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has settled hiring and pay discrimination claims with more than three dozen companies, including Bank of America, B&H Foto, International Paper, KPMG, LabCorp, Leidos, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Palantir Technologies, Splunk, and State Street. The total figure is over $23.1 million, without including the agency's settlement with Qualcomm, which was tied to a $19.5 million private class action settlement.  Read More



The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently fined a federal contractor $34,000 for contributing $200,000 to a federal independent expenditure-only political action committee (super PAC). This marks the first fine for prohibited contributions to a super PAC under the federal contractor pay-to-play law.  Read More



After a devastating series of hurricanes throughout the United States, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has instituted compliance exemptions to federal contractors that are providing hurricane relief. OFCCP has issued three National Interest Exemptions: one for Hurricane Harvey; one for Hurricane Irma; and one for Hurricane Maria.  Read More



Many employers are still confused as to how General Jeff Sessions' recent memo on religious freedoms can be reconciled with Title VII prohibitions of discrimination based on gender identity. While, the Department of Justice has been instructed to take the position that Title VII does not bar gender identity discrimination, the EEOC still takes the position that it does.  Read More



In mid-September, the version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA") the Senate passed was 1,266 pages long, leaving the House conference work to do to resolve the bill with previous version. The version sent back to the House had already been through negotiations -- nearly 600 proposed amendments were reduced to the 50 that actually made it into the final Senate version.  Read More



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