Author Archives: Cristeena Naser

Confusion About Applicability of Executive Orders

There has been a significant amount of confusion of late about the applicability of recent federal contractor executive orders, particularly the latest one concerning paid leave. The applicability of each executive prder must be analyzed individually because each stems from one or more different laws with differing definitions of “federal contractor.”

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Executive Order Would Require Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

On Sept. 7, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706 directing federal government executive departments and agencies to ensure that effective Jan. 1, 2017, new procurement contracts include a provision specifying that employees working on covered federal contracts earn up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave each year.

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DOL Will Enforce FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Rule Where Not Enjoined

Last month, we advised readers that a Texas federal district court had enjoined the Department of Labor from enforcing its FMLA same-sex spouse rule in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska. DOL’s final rule change updated the regulatory definition of "spouse" in the Family and Medical Leave Act in keeping with the U.S. Supreme Court‘s ruling in United States v. Windsor.

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Federal Contractors Must Continue to Post Union Rights Notice

On May 7, the federal District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge by the National Association of Manufacturers et al. to the Department of Labor rule requiring federal contractors to post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act. DOL’s rule took effect on June 21, 2010, but was challenged in this lawsuit.

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