The “OFCCP Week in Review” is a simple, fast and direct summary of relevant happenings in the OFCCP regulatory environment published every Monday. Here are this week’s developments:
Monday, March 21, 2016: OMB & USDOL “Memorandum For The Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies” re “Implementation of the President’s Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. This important March 6, 2016 memorandum which only last week came to light puts substantially more “meat on the bones” of one of the most controversial pieces of President Obama’s highly controversial so-called “Blacklisting” Executive Order (“Order”): the role of the newly created “Labor Compliance Advisors” (“LCA”s). Ah, more Washington D.C. acronyms for those who were hungering for some fresh meat! “LCA”s: just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it! Savor it! Two new significant pieces of information now emerge from this Memorandum which Beth Cobert (Deputy Director for OMB) and Christopher Lu (Deputy Secretary at USDOL) have jointly authored: (1) the federal government will “implement the new guidance and rules in stages to ensure all stakeholders [meaning prospective bidders on federal contracts] have adequate time to acclimate themselves to the requirements of the Order [without specifying what aspects of the Order’s requirements will be staged if the proposed Blacklisting “Guidance” (from USDOL) and proposed regulations (from the FAR Council) indeed go to final form in the remaining 9 regulatory months left to President Obama], and (2) the LCAs will offer interested federal contractor bidders concerned about their labor law violations or those of their subcontractors “the opportunity to receive early guidance from DOL and other enforcement agencies on whether those violations are potentially problematic, as well as the opportunity to remedy any problems” (p. 3 of Memorandum).
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John C. Fox, Esq. is President and Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C. where he represents companies and tries cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Fox has extensive trial experience, having spent more than 300 days in trial. Mr. Fox was also lead trial counsel in the first of the six wage-hour class actions known to have been tried in California and was lead trial counsel in what are believed to have been the two largest disability law suits in the United States. He is an across-the-board employment lawyer representing management nationwide. Full Bio »