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OSHA and Workplace Violence: What Contractors Need to Know

Although most contractors go to great lengths to promote jobsite safety, the fatal injury rate in the construction industry – which employs almost 6.5 million people – still exceeds that of any other U.S. industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has an entire section of regulations just for contractors. The OSHA regulations help … Continue Reading

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Mid-Year Report: Fast Figures Small and Large Businesses Need to Know

The Small Business Administration (SBA) started accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) in October 2016, but SBA has seen a surge in applications in the first six months of 2017. Under the ASMPP, any small business – including Historically Underutilized Business Zone (or HUBZone) small businesses, 8(a) small businesses, veteran-owned and … Continue Reading

Court Grants ABC’s Preliminary Injunction Request in Case Challenging “Blacklisting” Executive Order

We recently reported on a lawsuit, filed by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), challenging the “blacklisting” Executive Order and the implementing regulations. As we noted in our article, a ruling by the Court on ABC’s request for a preliminary injunction should be issued in short order, given that the effective date for the implementing … Continue Reading

ABC Files Lawsuit Challenging “Blacklisting” Executive Order

As we recently reported, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council has published a final rule, effective October 25, 2016, implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (also known as the “blacklisting” Executive Order). Not surprisingly, the final rule – which allows private citizens to report alleged labor violations by federal contractors and requires federal … Continue Reading

FAR Council and DOL Issue Final Rule Implementing Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the Department of Labor published a final rule, implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (also known as the “blacklisting” Executive Order), on August 24, 2016.  The Executive Order, implemented by the final rule, requires federal prime contractors and subcontractors – including federal construction contractors – under … Continue Reading

OSHA Penalties Are About to Get A Lot More Expensive

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim final rule on July 1, 2016, that increases the maximum penalties for citations by more than 75 percent. This is the first increase in OSHA penalties since 1990. Why now, you ask? Well, in November 2015 the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (a … Continue Reading

Form I-9 Compliance: Tips for Employers to Avoid Liability

Employers are required under federal immigration law to verify the employment eligibility of new employees by reviewing acceptable documents provided by the employee—to establish the employee’s identity and work authorization—and then completing an Employment Eligibility Verification, commonly known as Form I-9. The employer must first provide the Form I-9, which consists of three sections, to … Continue Reading

If You are a Federal Contractor, You May Owe Mandatory Sick Leave

A 286-page Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in the Federal Register on February 25, 2016. The DOL estimates that 437,000 employees of federal contractors will begin to receive paid sick leave who presently do not receive any. The proposed regulations implementing Executive Order 13706 applies to … Continue Reading
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