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    The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division will be publishing in the Federal Register on October 9, 2014 an announcement that its final rule extending the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act to most home health care workers will become effective on January 1, 2015, but that employers will have a reprieve for the first six months after the regulations become effective, from January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, as the DOL will not bring any enforcement action against an employer during that period of time.  However, employers need to prepare for the effects of these regulations now. For the following six months, from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, the Department will exercise prosecutorial discretion in determining whether to bring enforcement actions, with particular consideration given to the extent to which States and other entities have made good faith efforts to bring their home care programs into compliance with the FLSA since promulgation of the Final Rule.


    10/7/2014 UPDATE:  The DOL has published its final regulations in the Federal Register. 

    The Department of Labor ("DOL") announced today that it will issue final regulations to implement Executive Order 13658, "Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors," which was signed by President Obama on February 12, 2014. The final regulations will require the payment of $10.10 per hour to covered employees working on most government contracts.

    The OFCCP has released its revised Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing, almost immediately after announcing that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the new document. Although the revised documents do not include many of the Agency’s proposed changes, OFCCP added in new requirements under Section 503 and VEVRAA and the revised compensation data request is more expansive than the prior letter.  In a significant change, compensation data is to be reported on an individualized basis. The new Scheduling Letters will be used after October 15, 2014.  Contractors are advised to review the new reporting and disclosure requirements in advance of that date.
Senator Menendez Requests that the Fortune 500 Companies Complete a Diversity Survey

By David Fortney, Esq.

See the letter from Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat from New Jersey, requesting that the Fortune 500 companies complete a Diversity Survey Instrument by May 1st.

 

The survey requests information about minority representation on each company’s board and senior management and in the company’s procurement of goods and services.  The Senator states that he is “conducting the survey to gain a better understanding of Hispanic participation in our corporate executive teams, board rooms and procurement practices.”  Senator Menendez further explains that he “intend[s] to have a public presentation of the data compiled from companies that participate, as well as shed light on those that do not.”

 Please contact the FortneyScott attorney with whom you work to discuss how you may want to respond, particularly because the survey requests information that otherwise typically would not be in the public domain and need not be disclosed to the government under existing reporting procedures.

This update is for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal counsel or advice.  Employers should retain experienced legal counsel to obtain advice about the effects of these developments on their particular circumstances.

For more information, please contact David Fortney, Esq. at dfortney@fortneyscott.com.