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Court Blocks Contractor Vaccine Mandate in Three States, as Other Courts Begin To Weigh In

21-235 | 01 Dec 2021
A federal trial court this week ruled that President Biden exceeded his authority in issuing his Executive Order mandating that employees on covered government contracts be vaccinated for COVID-19. The court’s order blocking the mandate is limited to the states of Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, but court challenges to the mandate in other jurisdictions are likely to be decided soon.

USCIS Conducts Unprecedented Third H-1B Visa Lottery

21-234 | 30 Nov 2021
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the H-1B visa program that gives work authorization to foreign workers in “specialty occupations,” has conducted an unprecedented third visa lottery because not enough visa petitions have been filed yet to meet the statutory cap.

President Biden Revives Service Contract Act “Nondisplacement” Rules

21-233 | 30 Nov 2021
A new Executive Order signed by President Biden essentially reinstates “nondisplacement” rules that were operative during the Obama Administration. Those rules required successor contractors to contracts covered by the federal Service Contract Act to give the predecessor contractor’s employees the right of first refusal on jobs under the successor contract.

DOL Issues Final Regulations Implementing Biden E.O. Increasing Contractor Minimum Wage

21-232 | 30 Nov 2021
The Department of Labor has issued final regulations to implement President Biden’s Executive Order signed earlier this year that raises the minimum wage on covered federal contracts to $15.00 an hour beginning on January 30, 2022.

NLRB Asking for Input on Whether It Should Start Imposing “Consequential” Damages

21-231 | 29 Nov 2021
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The National Labor Relations Board is considering expanding its traditional “make-whole” remedies to include “consequential” damages, and is asking for input from interested parties on whether and how it should proceed.

CWC Members Featured Among 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award Winners

21-230 | 23 Nov 2021
We are pleased to let you know that a number of CWC members are among the recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award, which is presented by the Labor Department annually to companies that demonstrate exemplary efforts in recruiting, employing, and retaining veterans.

House Approves ADEA Amendment Expanding Job Applicant Protection

21-229 | 22 Nov 2021
A bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would allow job applicants to sue for disparate impact discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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