GSA Orders Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Clause Stricken from Federal Contracts

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule, which required anyone bidding for a federal contract to voluntarily report any state or federal labor law violations when applying, has already been killed twice — by legislative and executive action — since Donald Trump was sworn in, and now the General Services Administration (GSA) has ordered […]

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Recent Regulatory and Legal Updates You Should Be Aware Of

In the past year, covering the end of the Obama administration to the beginning of the Trump White House, several developments have taken place on the legal and regulatory fronts that employers should be aware of and comply with as needed. Jan. 22, 2017: Revised Form I-9 use is mandated. The new employment eligibility form that […]

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Trump Orders Two Regulations Eliminated for Each New One Issued

Moving to fulfill his goal of reducing federal regulations by 75 percent, President Trump today signed an executive order mandating that two existing regulations be eliminated for each new one that’s promulgated. “We don’t need 97 different rules to take care of one element,” Trump told a group of small-business owners meeting with him on […]

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Trump Orders Federal Hiring Freeze and Withdraws from TPP

On the first day of his first workweek in office, President Trump ordered a federal hiring freeze at all entities except the military. He also signed an order withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a controversial trade agreement between the U.S. and several Asian nations that both Bernie Sanders and (reluctantly) Hillary Clinton opposed in their […]

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Trump’s First Act as President Is to Delay All New Regulations

Hours after being sworn in and after having blasted the Washington, D.C., establishment in his inaugural address for having enriched themselves at the expense of American workers, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order banning federal agencies from issuing new regulations for 60 days. It is expected that, in his first week in office, […]

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House Republicans Ask Obama Agencies to Cease Rulemaking

House Republicans, led by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.), have sent letters to the heads of all federal agencies asking that they cease issuing rules during the lame-duck last two months of the Obama administration. The House members also intend to pass a bill forbidding rulemaking until the new president is sworn in. The White […]

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Labor Law Compliance Pre-Assessment Available for Companies Seeking Federal Contracts

With a final rule taking effect Oct. 25 requiring companies seeking federal contracts of $500,0o0 or more to reveal any of 14 labor law violations they’ve committed within the past three years, the Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a pre-assessment program. The new disclosure requirement derives from President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces […]

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MLB Minor Leaguers Strike Out on Minimum Wage Lawsuit

A federal judge has decertified the collective of former minor league players suing Major League Baseball (MLB) over minimum wage claims, and he has also denied their certification as a class action. Lawyers representing the former minor leaguers vowed to appeal. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California made the ruling July […]

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WHD Administrator Issues Joint Employer Interpretation

Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator David Weil yesterday issued guidance on joint employers that will allow more employees to fall under the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), advising: “When two or more employers jointly employ an employee, the employee’s hours worked for all of the joint employers during the workweek are aggregated and […]

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DOL Releases Guidance on State-Run IRA-Like Retirement Plans

Nearly 70 million workers lack access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Many states are seeking ways to expand savings options for these workers. It is against this backdrop that the Department of Labor (DOL) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking and an interpretive bulletin meant to guide states as they create programs that help […]

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