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16 Nov 2016 DOL’s Persuader Rule Unlawful; Permanently Enjoined

  A federal court judge in Texas has granted summary judgment in a case contesting the legality of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Persuader Rule. The effect of the summary judgment ruling is to declare the rule to be unlawful and unenforceable. The ruling was made in a suit brought by 10 states and several business associations.   In a brief order, U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings wrote “The court is of the…

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29 Aug 2016 Disclose All Labor and Employment Complaints – Big Changes for Federal Contractors Coming October 2016

  A few weeks ago, we reported on pending regulations implementing an executive order issued by President Barack Obama in 2014. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which some are deeming the “blacklisting” order, imposes additional reporting requirements on federal contractors whereby they must submit extensive data on various types of labor law violations. Under the order, prospective federal contractors must disclose labor law violations under 14 covered federal statutes, including those addressing…

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27 Jun 2016 Texas Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Against DOL’s Persuader Rule

  A Texas Federal Court today issued a nationwide injunction preventing implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new persuader regulations. More details will be posted, but absent some action by the Fifth Circuit, the court’s ruling prevents the DOL from enforcing its regulation that were due to take effect on July 1.   Click here to read a Barnes & Thornburg legal alert on this topic. Scott WitlinScott J. Witlin is a partner in…

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27 May 2015 DOL and FAR Council Propose Guidance and Regulations to Implement Executive Order

Earlier today, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed guidance and regulations to implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, E.O. 13673, which was signed by President Obama on July 31, 2014. The Order requires prospective federal contractors to disclose certain labor law violations and will give agencies more guidance on how to consider labor law violations when awarding federal contracts. Per the DOL’s press release: “most federal contractors will only…

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10 Jul 2013 DOL Indicates Final Rule Expanding Reporting Requirements for Labor Relations to Come In November

The Obama Administration released its spring Unified Agenda last week, which included an update on the Department of Labor’s controversial amendments to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) regulations. The proposed changes to the LMRDA’s “persuader rules,” which expand the reporting requirements for labor relations consultants, including attorneys in some situations, by narrowing the LMRDA’s definition of “advice,” were originally announced by the DOL in June 2011.  The DOL now indicates that it intends to issue a…

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01 May 2013 Indiana Court of Appeals Overturns Employer’s Common Construction Wage Victory

We rarely see reported decisions on the common construction wage, so William Wressell v. R.L. Turner Corporation caught our eye. In this case, the Indiana Court of Appeals this month ruled that summary judgment was inappropriately entered for an employer on an employee’s claim that he was paid under the wrong job classification. Two items are of some note in the opinion. First, the trial court had struck from the summary judgment record eight paragraphs…

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