Labor & Employment

Supreme Court Dismissal of In re Grand Jury What This Means for (Potentially) Privileged Communications Going Forward

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” – Justice Kagan The Supreme Court decided to dismiss In re Grand Jury as “improvidently granted” in its January 23, 2023 Order after hearing oral argument on the case earlier this month. In other words, after agreeing to hear the case, and instead of establishing clear law...
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‘Ban the Box’ Hiring Law Applies to Federal Contractors

‘Ban the Box’ Hiring Law Applies to Federal Contractors As of December 20, 2021, federal contractors can no longer inquire about an applicant’s criminal history before extending a conditional job offer to work on a government contract. This does not preclude federal contractors from asking an applicant about criminal history after a conditional offer...
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OSHA Suspends Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccination-or-Test Requirement

OSHA Suspends Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccination-or-Test Requirement On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard(ETS), which requires employers with more than 100 employees to mandate their workers are fully vaccinated or test at least weekly for COVID-19....
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FAR Council, CAAC, and DoD Release COVID-19 Guidance

The FAR Council, the Department of Defense (“DoD”), and the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (“CAAC”) have released guidance for federal government contractors on COVID-19 safeguards required by President Biden’s September 9, 2021, Executive Order 14042 (the “Order”) and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force’s September 24, 2021, Guidance, COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal...
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Employee or 1099? Department of Labor Withdraws Opinion Letter

Posted on February 22, 2021
On February 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) withdrew an opinion letter that had previously provided guidance on when certain businesses may classify workers as independent contractors under federal wage and hour laws. Opinion letter FLSA 2019-6, issued in 2019 during the Trump Administration, had given employers a...
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8(a) Business Development Program

The Minority Small Business and Capital Ownership Development Program—commonly known as the “8(a) Program”—provides participating small businesses with training, technical assistance, and contracting opportunities in the form of set-aside and sole-source awards. The SBA administers the 8(a) Program.  Eligibility for the program is generally limited to small businesses “unconditionally owned and controlled by one...
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