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D.C. Lawmakers Join California and New York Raising the Minimum Wage to $15

The District of Columbia Council recently passed a law to increase the minimum wage for employees to $15 by 2022. The District of Columbia joins other states in raising its minimum wage to rates higher than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. The current minimum wage in the District ($10.50) is scheduled to rise … Continue Reading

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Revising Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Federal Contractors

On June 14, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final rule updating the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Program’s regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. The updated regulations prohibit federal contractors with contracts or subcontracts totaling $10,000 or more within a 12-month period (absent other exemptions) from discriminating against employees with … Continue Reading

Order Grants Federal Contractors 7 Sick Days a Year: What Could These Additional Benefits Mean For You?

On Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) that requires federal contractors to grant at least seven days of annual paid sick leave to their employees. The Order gives an estimated 300,000 federal contractors new access to paid sick leave. Under the Order, employees of federal contractors will earn … Continue Reading

OFCCP Publishes Final Rule to Improve Job Opportunities for Veterans and Persons With Disabilities

With Ryan C. Bradel The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently released two final rules updating the Affirmative Action regulations regarding the recruiting and hiring of veterans and persons with disabilities, which are mandatory for federal government contractors.  Pending since April 2011, the rules are expected to be published … Continue Reading
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