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More Compliance Requirements Expected In 2017

I know, 2017 sounds like it is a long ways away. And yet it’s only 10 months away! Federal contractors adapted to many new compliance requirements in the last two years and it’s not over. 2017 promises to bring more novelties, unless the political landscape changes with the outcome of the presidential elections next November. However, most experts in the federal contracting world don’t think these issues are going to go away. That’s why federal contractors can’t afford to ignore the implementation of paid sick days, Equal Pay reporting, and the possible reporting on their own workplace violations in large contracts. …

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What’s New in 2016 For Federal Contractors

In a previous article, I wrote about the new requirements 2015 brought federal contractors in employment compliance: a new minimum wage was implemented and protected categories were expanded (to include LGBT) and modified concerning the disabled and veterans. However, 2015 was only a harbinger of more changes for 2016. The focus in this new year is on pay. Pay transparency is happening in a few days and the Equal Pay report, when implemented, will create a whole new reporting industry! Pay Transparency This is a new rule will take effect Jan. 11, 2016 for covered federal contractors. The pay transparency rule applies …

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2015 – What A Year For Federal Contractors!

2015 was a very active year on the front of employment regulations for federal contractors. After years of “business as usual”, the Obama administration launched nine executive orders imposing substantial new obligations on employers contracting or subcontracting with the federal government.Let’s take a closer look at the new requirements 2015 brought in for federal contracting employers. Minimum wage for federal contractors This requirement was instituted in 2015 and the minimum wage will increase to $10.15 on January 1, 2016.  The wage requirement applies to new and replacement contracts construction contracts covered by the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and service contracts covered by …

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Transgender Employees – An Evolving Landscape

Recently, I was working at @HRCI with fellow HR volunteers. This is the group in the picture.  During a break, Lori Boyer SPHR shared her experience of dealing with an employee transitioning from male to female. The high profile transition of Bruce to Caitlin Jenner has brought attention to transgender people. It’s also an area of law that’s changing fast. It’s definitely a source of potential headaches for employers. Don’t assume it’s unlikely to happen in your organization. It is estimated that between 2 to 5 percent of the population is transgender. When a transgender employee decides to transition to the …

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LGBT rule for Federal Contractors

LGBT rule for Federal contractors On December 5, the agency enforcing affirmative action and equal employment opportunity with employers who do business with the Federal government, the OFCCP, published a final rule prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for federal contractors. This new rule applies to federal contractors covered under Executive Order 11246 and requires them to expand equal opportunity to sexual orientation and gender identity. This will apply to new and modified contracts from April 9, 2015. This change is in line with a recent case where the EEOC concluded that discrimination because a …