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Proposed Rule Issued for Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave

By Alexandra (Sasha) Thaler The Department of Labor (DOL) announced last Thursday that it has posted for comment its Proposed Rule implementing President Obama’s September 7, 2015 Executive Order (EO 13706), which requires certain federal contractors and their subcontractors to provide employees with up to 7 days (56 hours) of paid sick leave annually.  The […]

Massachusetts: An Act to Establish Pay Equity

On January 28, the Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2119, titled “An Act to Establish Pay Equity” (the “Proposed Law”).   Touted by one of the Act’s co-sponsors as a way to “further close the wage gap between male and female workers in the Commonwealth,” the Proposed Law is claimed to ensure equal pay for comparable work […]

EEOC Publishes Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation

By Emma L. Melton The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues.  This proposed guidance provides insight as to how the EEOC interprets applicable law and hints at the areas that may receive increased focus going forward. Existing federal employment laws prohibit employers from retaliating against applicants […]

EEOC Proposes Changes to EEO-1 Reporting to Include Pay Data

By Martha J. Zackin Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed revision to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) to include the annual collection and reporting of pay data.  Currently, federal law requires federal contractors with 50 or more employees, and all other employers with 100 or more employees, to file an […]

Joint Employment: DOL Issues Adminstrator’s Interpretation

By Martha J. Zackin The legal concept of joint employment has been around for many years, first gaining national prominence in 1996, after a federal appeals court found Microsoft to be a co-employer of thousands of workers classified either as “contractors” or “temporary employees” retained through a staffing company.  The case, Vizcaino v. Microsoft,, 97 […]

Form I-9 Compliance: New Guidance Issued

By Martha J. Zackin The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires employers to verify the work authorization of employees using the Form I-9.   Some employers choose to conduct periodic internal audits of their Forms I-9, to ensure compliance.  Concerned that improperly conducted internal audits could “create barriers to employment for work-authorized individuals,” the Department of Homeland Security’s […]