RECAP: GovConNet Member Meeting - October 3, 2013

Posted Date: 
October 3, 2013

October 3, 2013 – New OFCCP Regulations and other emerging Enforcement and Compliance Issues

Guest Speaker:  Michael Schrier, Counsel, Jackson Kelly PLLC and Spiros Komis, General Counsel, C2 Essentials, Inc.

MCCC GovConNet Co-Chairs Kwesi Rogers and Lexy Kessler welcomed MCCC members and introduced the guest speakers Michael Schrier, Counsel, Jackson Kelly PLLC and Spiros Komis, General Counsel, C2 Essentials, Inc. The panelists discussed new regulations from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

The panelists began with a timely discussion focused on the TOP TEN labor and employment issues that government contractors should be mindful of during the government shutdown:

  • E-Verify
  • Security Clearances
  • Service Contract Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • State Wage Payment Acts
  • Employment Discrimination in layoffs
  • WARN Act
  • COBRA/401(k)
  • Unemployment Benefits/Claims
  • Whistleblower / False Claims Act

In light of the government shutdown, guidance was provided on the issue of employee furloughs   First, consider if employee status is exempt or non-exempt. There is no compliance issue for non-exempt employees because they are paid for the hours worked. Exempt workers are not permitted to work from home during the shutdown and employers should alert these employees. Employers should also consider taking company laptops and cell phones to ensure that employees cannot work during the shut down.

The panelists discussed global labor and employment compliance issues such as the Systemic Discrimination Initiative and Equal Pay Initiatives. They advised how to best protect companies against labor and employment regulations authorized in the  Equal Employment Opportunity Executive Order 11246 , the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. Compliance in regulations that prevent discrimination in recruitment, hiring, compensation, and termination  and detailed record keeping are the best way for an employer to protect its company  in anticipation of an audit.

To view the full PowerPoint presentation, click here.

MCCC Strategic Partners