Contracting questions answered
Pillar's guide to employment requirements for federal contractors includes all employee notices (with samples of each), reporting and record maintenance obligations, requirements for subcontracts, and a detailed discussion of each law and
Do contractors with fewer than 50 employees have to ask applicants / employees to self-identify by disability or veteran status?
E-verify and i-9
How does e-verify participation affect I-9 requirements?
Walsh-Healy and FLSA
Are the Walsh-Healy Public Contracts Act requirements the same as those of the FLSA?
Classification of Hourly rates
When are hours worked at a lower level of the same classification not subject to the lower hourly WD rate?
Who can I include in a tip pool under the minimum wage EO?
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SUPPLY, SERVICE, CONSTRUCTION, and Federally assisted Construction CONTRACTS
SUBCONTRACT REQUIREMENTS AND COVERAGE THRESHOLDS
COMMERCIAL ITEMS AND COTS ITEMS CONTRACTS
FAR / DFAR REQUIREMENTS
WAGE AND HOUR
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY / AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
UNION RELATED REQUIREMENTS
EMPLOYEE NOTICES / POLICIES
REPORTING AND RECORD MAINTENANCE OBLIGATIONS
Small Contractor Principals
As changes are made to the employment requirements under federal contracts by actions of the administration or congress, Pillar updates its material in a timely fashion. The changes (or possible changes being considered) for the current year are reflected below with some commentary on each. A full discussion of each subject is contained in Pillar’s Employment Requirements of Federal Contractors and Subcontractors.
The CARES Act (March 27, 2020) Section 3610, authorized agencies to use funds from any appropriations act to supplement contract payments to reimburse for expanded leave payments to contractor employees, made to keep a contractor’s workforce in a “ready state,” for those contractors whose employees are prevented by any shut-down order due to COVID-19, from accessing their contractor designated and government approved place of work, and are unable to telework.
On October 2, 2019, the acquisition councils issued a Proposed Rule (PR) to amend the FAR for statutory increases to the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) and Micro-Purchase Threshold (see Pillar’s blog). The PR estimates that the increase to the SAT will result in an additional $450 million in federal contracts falling below the SAT (about 10% of total federal contracts).
From the blog
EEO-1 Compensation Data – Tolling, Trolling, And Controlling
How many activist federal judges does it take to change a lightbulb? Three. One to ask the courtroom deputy to call maintenance; one to help the Defendant evade the I.C.E. agents waiting in the hall; and one to appoint themselves Chair (and exclusive voting Commissioner) of the EEOC.