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OFCCP Final Rules on Affirmative Action to go into Effect March 24

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published two final rules Sept. 24, drastically revising Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which require federal contractors and subcontractors to maintain affirmative action and nondiscrimination plans for veterans and individuals with disabilities, respectively. The rules will go into effect March 24, 2014. 
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OFCCP Issues Final Rules on Affirmative Action for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Aug. 27 released two final rules that drastically alter federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for individuals with disabilities and veterans. ABC was critical of the rules because they, “set infeasible compliance requirements for federal construction contractors, despite the agency’s inability to demonstrate that contractors fail to meet the previous requirements under federal law.”
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House Passes Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Bills

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills in bipartisan votes that will help reform the regulatory process. The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 367) passed 232-183 on Aug. 2 and the Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582) passed 232-181 on Aug. 1.
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ABC Sends Concerns About DOL Initiatives to New Secretary of Labor

After Thomas E. Perez was sworn in as the new Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) July 23, ABC sent a letter congratulating him on his confirmation and asking him to consider ABC’s concerns regarding DOL initiatives. 
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DOL Agenda Lists Actions on Affirmative Action, Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) on July 3 released its spring regulatory agenda outlining the regulatory activities of its sub-agencies for the remainder of 2013. The regulatory agenda lists the priorities of the administration and the rulemaking they expect to release this year; however, DOL is not required to adhere to the timeline.
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New I-9 Form Effective Now

Effective May 7, all employers are required to use the revised I-9 Form. Employers who fail to use the new form (revision date 03/08/13) after that date may be subject to penalties. 
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Deadline to Use New I-9 Form May 7

All employers are required to use the revised I-9 Form beginning May 7. Employers who fail to use the new form (revision date 03/08/13) on or after that date may be subject to penalties. 
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Proposed Worker Classification Survey Causes Concerns for ABC

ABC March 12 submitted comments in response to a Department of Labor information request regarding a proposed worker classification survey.  According to DOL, the proposed survey would “collect information about employment experiences and workers’ knowledge of basic employment laws and rules so as to better understand employees’ experience with worker misclassification.”
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OFCCP Rescinds Guidance Documents on Compensation Procedures

Effective Feb. 28, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has released new procedures for reviewing contractor compensation programs and practices.
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DOL Issues FMLA Final Rule

The Department of Labor recently issued a final rule related to military caregivers and exigency leaves for employers that are covered under the Family Medical Leave Act. 
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