Executive Order Plans to Reorganize the Executive Branch and Federal Agencies
President Donald Trump issued a new Executive Order to reorganize the executive branch in an effort to improve accountability and efficiency. The order directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to come up with a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies. The plan shall include an invitation to the public to suggest improvements for the OMB to consider.
Senate Votes to Rescind the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation
In a close vote, the U.S. Senate approved to repeal Executive Order 13673: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. The order, best known as the “Blacklisting” Rule, would require all federal contractors to publicly report labor violations. Last October, a Texas judge temporarily stopped the implementation of EO 13673, but the “paycheck transparency” provisions of the regulation still went into effect on January 1, 2017. Now the matter goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill to formally stop the order. This would make Executive Order 13673 invalid and prevent its regulations and requirements from being implemented.
Non-Substantive Change to OFCCP Pay Transparency Provision
OFCCP recently added the Regulatory Citation (41 CFR 60-1.35c) to the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision. Each employer covered by Executive Order 11246 must post this provision and incorporate it in their employee handbooks or manuals. While this change to the provision is non-substantive, the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) and OFCCP acknowledged that contractors should take action to apply the revised provision as soon as their business practices would allow.
OFCCP Distributes Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters to 800 Establishments
On February 17th, OFCCP sent out 800 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSAL) to 375 “distinct companies” across 29 industries. The CSAL gives these establishments advance notice of upcoming audits based on the list generated by the Federal Contractor Selection System (FCSS). The DOL website has an FAQ on items related to this particular round of CSALs. This was categorized as the “first release” of CSALs in 2017; however, there was no indication if or when another round of CSALs will be distributed. This is the first time since July 2014 that the OFCCP has issued CSALs.
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