OFCCP has released its revised VEVRAA hiring benchmark for 2017. The agency has lowered the benchmark to 6.7 percent, down from the previous 6.9 percent mark. As was the case last year, the agency provided guidance for contractors to implement the new benchmark stating: Contractors who adopted the previous year’s national benchmark of 6.9 percent after [...]
As anticipated, President Trump has put an end to Executive Order 13673 – Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces, also known as the “blacklisting” executive order. As expected, the President signed legislation disapproving of the Executive Order pursuant to the Congressional Review Act. He also issued an Executive Order officially revoking the initial authorizing Executive Order signed by [...]
The confirmation hearing for new Secretary of Labor nominee, Alexander Acosta, has been pushed back until March 22 to allow him to travel to Nashville with the President. Its anticipated once the hearing moves forward, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will vote within on Acosta’s confirmation within the following week. Stay tuned for new developments.
As an update to last month’s report that OFCCP has put 800 establishments on notice of upcoming audits, we have learned that as of Friday, March 17, 2017, OFCCP has started sending out letters actually initiating audits. Unlike the courtesy scheduling announcement letters (CSALs) which provide advance notice of an audit, the Scheduling Letters put [...]
At a ceremony in Wisconsin this week, President Trump signed yet another executive order, this one entitled, “Buy American and Hire American.” What does this mean for federal contractors? It’s not exactly clear at this point, but as our colleagues have previously discussed, the “hire American” portion of the President’s latest Executive Order is focused on revamping the H-1B [...]
In a long-awaited, much anticipated, yet relatively low-key vote, the Senate has confirmed Alexander Acosta as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. Following a moderately contentious hearing last month before the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, the full Senate approved Acosta with a 60-38 vote, finally filling a key position in President Trump’s cabinet. [...]
During a ceremony in the Rose Garden, President Trump signed a much-anticipated “Religious Liberty” executive order. The Executive Order states it is the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom. The relatively short Executive Order also recognizes that the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental [...]