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September 2021 Federal HR Updates

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U.S Department of Labor Extends Joint Employer Recission Rule

Update Applicable to:

All employers.

What happened?

On September 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the extension of the effective date for a rule that would rescind the Joint Employer Rule.

What are the details?

The DOL has announced an extension to the effective date of the rule to rescind the Joint Employer Rule. The rule that would rescind the Joint Employer Rule now has the effective date of October 5, 2021. This was previously effective September 28, 2021.

The information on the rule can he read here.

An article detailing the extension can be read here.

What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the rule to make any adjustments to their joint employment policies that are applicable to the extension of the rule.

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rule on Federal Contractor Wages

Update Applicable to:

All employers who use federal contracts.

What happened?

On July 22, 2021, the Federal Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Proposed Rule to increase the minimum wage for federal contractors.

What are the details?

The Proposed Rule, effective January 30, 2022, will raise the hourly minimum wage paid by those contractors to workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts to $15.00 per hour. Additionally, from January 1, 2023 and annually thereafter, it will raise by an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor. The Executive order directs the Secretary to issue regulations by November 24, 2021, consistent with applicable law, to implement the order’s requirements.

The Proposed Rule can be read here.

The Executive order can be read here.

Articles on the order can be read here and here.

What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the Proposed Rule and their current policies and processes for federal contracts and payroll to prepare for the proposed wage increase for federal workers starting January 30, 2022.

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President Biden Enacts Federal Employee Vaccination Executive Order and COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Update Applicable to:

All employers with federal employees or who are federal contractors or subcontractors.

What happened?

On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive orders in his administration’s Plan to Stop the Delta Variant and Boost COVID-19 Vaccinations.

What are the details?

The first Executive order, Executive Order on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees, requires Federal Executive Branch employees to be fully vaccinated, except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to a reasonable accommodation. Agencies must work expeditiously so that their employees are fully vaccinated as quickly as possible and by no later than November 22, 2021.

The second Executive order, Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, directs the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to create a new contract clause that will be inserted into federal contracts. The new clause will require contractors and subcontractors, for the length of the contract, to comply with all guidance published by the Task Force for contractor and subcontractor workplace locations.

The guidance will be developed by the Task Force by September 24, 2021. Federal contractors and subcontractors will be contractually required to comply with the new COVID-19 protocols that are being developed by the Task Force on or before September 24, 2021. Starting October 15, 2021, the contract clause shall apply to:

  • all new contracts or contract-like instruments;
  • new solicitation for contracts;
  • new extensions or renewals of contracts; and
  • the exercise of options for existing contracts.

The following types of contracts are included in the scope of the Federal Contractor Executive order:

  • procurement contracts for services, construction, or leasehold interests in real property;
  • contracts for services covered by the Service Contract Act;
  • contracts for concessions (including concessions contracts otherwise excluded by the U.S. Department of Labor regulations); or
  • contracts entered into with the federal government in connection with federal property or lands and related to offering services for federal employees, dependents, or the general public.

The Executive orders can be read here and here.

Articles on the Executive orders can be read here, here, and here.

What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the Executive orders here and here along with the safety protocols listed in the orders and the guidance that will be released by the Task Force to prepare and update their hiring, vaccination and other applicable policies and procedures to stay in compliance.

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