Tag archives: federal contractors

Fair pay, safe workplaces, and federal contractors telling it like it is

On August 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Counsel issued a final rule to implement President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, entitled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” first announced by the President over two years ago on July 31, 2014.

According to the Federal Acquisition Institute, the purpose of E.O. 13673 is “to help [federal] contractors come into compliance with labor laws – not to exclude contractors.” The final rule implementing the order requires both current and prospective federal contractors and subcontractors to disclose labor law violations and establishes how federal … Continue Reading

Hitting a moving target: a year of expansion for federal contractor regulation and enforcement

Over the past year, the bar for U.S. federal contractor compliance has been raised considerably.  Between the Executive Orders issued by President Obama and the recent uptick in the number and dollar amount of settlements involving Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the risks to contractors who fail to make the leap are greater than ever.

Minimum wage for covered employees

For instance, Executive Order 13658 took effect on January 1, 2015, and established a $10.10 minimum wage for contractors.  The directive applies to new contracts issued after January 1, 2015, as well as supplemental agreements to existing contracts … Continue Reading

New executive order issued requiring federal contractors to offer employees paid sick leave

As he heads into the final year of his presidency, and in the face of continued Congressional impasse, President Obama continues to exercise his executive authority to issue directives targeting the federal contractor workforce.

A new executive order requires that federal contractors offer employees up to seven days of paid sick leave.  Eligible employees will earn one hour of paid leave for every thirty hours worked.  The order applies to new federal contracts solicited on or after January 1, 2017.

The order applies to a broad definition of “sick leave” to include leave relating to physical or mental illness, injury … Continue Reading