Federal Contractors

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    by Federal Employment Law Insider Beginning August 1, federal contractors must use the new VETS-4212 report to provide information to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) about their affirmative action efforts in employing veterans. The VETS-4212 report replaces the VETS-100 and...
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    The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces the affirmative action and equal employment compliance rules that federal contractors and subcontractors must operate under. And it's more serious than ever about investigating compensation practices for evidence of discrimination. In 2014, the...
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    In December, Skoler, Abbott & Presser hosted the Employers Counsel Network (ECN) regional conference. The conference featured presentations by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) mediator Elizabeth Marcus, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional director Jonathan Kreisberg, and attorney David Fortney, who shared with us some...
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    Frustrated by gridlock in Washington, President Barack Obama used his recent State of the Union address to press Congress to pass legislation to spur economic growth. Nevertheless, he vowed, "Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." Throughout his...
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    On September 26, 2013, the FAR Council and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) issued notices of proposed rulemaking that would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to strengthen protections against human trafficking in federal contracts. Proposed regulations As...
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    Q How long do we have to retain employment applications for candidates who have been interviewed but weren't hired? Do we need to keep them at all? A Numerous federal employment laws specify how long covered employers must maintain job applications, résumés, and other application materials. If your organization is covered by...
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    Corporations have the right to due process of the law before they are deprived of their property. An employer challenged an order from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) that it had to reinstate an employee who claimed to be a whistleblower. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to South Dakota employers) found the company...
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    A report issued on December 11, 2013, by the Democratic members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee contains the results of a year-long investigation conducted by the majority staff of the committee. The report, titled "Acting Responsibly? Federal Contractors Frequently Put Workers' Lives and Livelihoods at Risk,"...
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    Q How long do we have to retain employment applications for candidates who have been interviewed but weren't hired? Do we need to keep them at all? A Numerous federal employment laws specify how long covered employers must maintain job applications, résumés, and other application materials. If your organization is covered by Title...
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    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently issued a revised Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM) for the first time since 1979. The FCCM provides guidance to the agency's compliance officers (COs) on virtually every aspect of conducting an affirmative action audit. The revised FCCM is important because it helps...
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