FortneyScott Lunch & Learn: OFCCP: What Employers Should Expect in 2019

2018 was an eventful year for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Labor Department’s federal contractor watchdog. Under the leadership of Acting Director Craig Leen, OFCCP issued a flurry of new directives and announced a second round of compliance reviews, two new proposed regulations, and a series of settlements. What can employers expect from the OFCCP in 2019?

Join FortneyScott attorneys Elizabeth B. Bradley, Consuela A. Pinto, and Sean D. Lee on December 12 at 12:00 p.m. (EST) for the final Lunch & Learn of 2018 as they recap OFCCP’s year and look ahead to 2019.

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FortneyScott Lunch & Learn: 2018 Midterm Elections Update

The votes are in! After a fiercely contested midterm election, Democrats have gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Republicans have retained the Senate. What will this mean for employers and government contractors?

Join experienced Washington, DC-based attorneys David Fortney, Susan Warshaw Ebner, and Nita Beecher on Tuesday, November 13th at 12:00 pm  for a special post-election webinar as they weigh in on how the midterm results affect the legal landscape for labor and employment and government contracting, including:

  • How federal agencies will be affected by the election results, including whether there will be more Congressional oversight of federal agencies’ rulemaking and enforcement activities;
  • What is the impact of the election results on current Federal programs and contracts;
  • Who likely will be the leaders for the key Congressional committees, and what will be their agendas;
  • What is the impact of the elections on the confirmation proceedings for many long-pending key agency nominations; and
  • Whether any key legislation is likely under the new 116th Congress or the final lame duck session of the 115th Congress?

Don’t miss this timely discussion! Click here to register.


FortneyScott Presenting at the 45th Labor and Employment Law Institute

David Fortney will be presenting at the 2018 Labor & Employment Law Institute in Minnesota on November 15, 2018.  He will present on significant new developments out of the DOL – in particular, from the Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Join this session to learn practice tips for dealing with those divisions in matters involving your clients. 


For more information about the Labor & Employment Law Institute, please click here.


FS Presenting at WorldatWork’s Pay Equity Symposium

Mickey Silberman, Esq. and Consuela Pinto, Esq. will be presenting at WorldatWork’s 2018 Pay Equity Symposium where they will be discussing legal and regulatory requirements. A full description of this presentation is below:

A strong understanding of U.S. and international regulatory requirements is a must-have before organizations can dive into pay equity work. Why are these policies being passed and what are they attempting to accomplish? How should multinational organizations address them? In this session, you will gain an overview of the current legal landscape and mounting regulatory pressures on pay equity.  Join Mickey Silberman, Esq. and Consuela Pinto, Esq. at WorldatWork’s 2018 Pay Equity Symposium.

You must register for this event. Click here for details.

Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) DC: #Metoo and #TimesUp – Where We Are and Where We are Going?

The topic of the moment is #MeToo and #TimesUp. But what are these “movements” actually accomplishing? WILEF is fortunate to have assembled an outstanding panel who will engage in informal discussion relevant to the current environment. Join FortneyScott Shareholder, Leslie Silverman and other co-presenters for this informative discussion.

Where: Mayer Brown LLP: 1999 K St. NW Washington, DC 20006

When: November 15, 2018 8:30-10:00 AM

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ABA 12th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference – Wage and Hour Update: What Has Really Changed Two Years into the Trump Presidency?

David S. Fortney, Esq. is presenting on Friday, November 9th at the ABA 12th Annual Labor and Employment Conference in San Francisco, CA from 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM.

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ABA 12th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference – Perspectives from the EEOC

Join Leslie E. Silverman, Esq. for this informative and interactive session as she moderates a panel of EEOC Commissioners and the General Counsel who will discuss recent developments at the EEOC, including notable administrative and court decisions, the agency’s regulatory agenda, enforcement priorities, and what they anticipate for the agency in the next year.

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Lunch & Learn: Pay Equity Is Getting More “Comp”licated – Part II

In the second of a two-part webinar series, join FortneyScott pay equity experts Mickey Silberman and Consuela Pinto on Wednesday, October 17 at 12:00 pm ET for a timely discussion on new and developing issues in pay equity, including:

  • OFCCP’s new compensation directive;
  • The growth in international equal pay laws;
  • How to conduct an effective proactive pay equity analysis in a constantly-changing legal landscape;
  • …And more!

This webinar will build on the lessons from Part I, which discussed the “patchwork” of new state equal pay laws, aggressive agency enforcement,  recent equal pay litigation, and activist shareholder calls for pay parity. Click here to register now!

Lunch & Learn: It’s Bid Protest Season – Are You Ready?

As the Federal government’s fiscal year draws to a close on September 30th, Federal agencies will be spending significant portions of their annually appropriated funds to enter into new contracts and orders, and to exercise options under existing ones. With this flurry of procurement activity comes an inevitable wave of bid protests, as contractors seek to challenge lost opportunities or to defend their hard-won awards. The bid protest process may involve multiple forums and any number of complex issues.  Successful handling of this process requires knowledge of the process, its benefits and risks, and sound decision-making, often under tight deadlines. Will your organization be ready?

Join Susan Warshaw Ebner, Esq. and Sean D. Lee, Esq. of FortneyScott on Wednesday, September 26 at 12:00pm ET for a timely discussion about the fundamentals of bid protests, including:

  • When can you request a “required debriefing?” Are you eligible to receive an “enhanced debriefing”?
  • Who can protest?
  • What kinds of issues can be protested?
  • What are the different forums for bringing a protest?
  • Will contract performance be stayed during the protest?
  • Important timing concerns
  • Special types of protests, such as Small Business size protests

This webinar will provide government contractors, including their in-house counsel, executives, program managers, business developers, and contract management professionals, tools for navigating the bid protest process.

Click here to register now and prepare yourself for bid protest season!

Lunch & Learn: Preventing and Investigating Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era – Part Two

The #MeToo movement continues to impact workplaces across the nation and around the world.  Employers now, more than ever, need to effectively respond to claims that arise.

In the second of a two-part webinar series, Leslie Silverman, former Vice Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Shareholder at FortneyScott, and Nita Beecher of FortneyScott and Workplace HR will discuss best practices for investigating and resolving complaints of sexual harassment, including:

  • Selecting the right person to do the investigation;
  • Maintaining  confidentiality;
  • Handling uncooperative witnesses;
  • Applying effective, appropriate discipline; and
  • Managing dilemmas and “sticky situations.”

This webinar will build upon lessons from Part 1, which provided an overview of sexual harassment law and best practices for preventing sexual harassment.  The webinar is geared for all employer representatives with responsibility for workplace and EEO compliance, including human resources, legal, compliance, inclusion and diversity, and related functions.

Click here to register now to learn the latest updates and practical tips to prevent and to investigate sexual harassment.