On June 21, 2010, the Department of Labor's final regulations implementing President Obama's Executive Order No. 13496 will take effect. This Executive Order, and the associated regulations, require federal contractors and subcontractors to post a notice in conspicuous places at their worksites notifying employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. With very limited exceptions, the Executive Order also requires employers to include the notice in all federal contracts and subcontracts.
The Secretary of the Department of Labor is responsible for the administration and enforcement of this Order. The penalties for non-compliance are steep, including contract termination and a ban from future government contracts.
President Obama's Executive Order is part of a series of initiatives to bolster the power of unions. Not only did the Executive Order rescind a 2001 Executive Order of President Bush that required federal contractors to post a notice informing their employees of their right not to join a union ("Beck Poster"), but the Department of Labor's regulations implementing the Executive Order make clear that the Obama Administration encourages workers to exercise their right to organize and bargain collectively.
Employers who contract or subcontract with the federal government should pay careful attention to Executive Order No. 13496 and the associated regulations. Since they will be forced to notify employees of their right to organize, among other rights, federal contractors and subcontractors will need to re-evaluate their management strategies. Day Pitney can provide assistance with issues relating to this Executive Order.
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Doug Gillette and Bill Goddard will be featured panelists during the UConn School of Law's Symposium on Municipal Distress on Friday, September 15.
Day Pitney partner Francine Esposito will speak at the upcoming webinar "Workplace Leave Laws: Strategies to Navigate the Changing Landscape in the U.S." Taking place on Sept. 14 at 2 p.m., the webinar is the first in a series of webinars hosted by the Employment Law Alliance (ELA) on workplace leave laws around the globe.
Patrick McCarthy and Christopher Stracco spoke about Project Labor Agreements on Friday, February 10, at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Annual 2017 Redevelopment Law Institute at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey.
Day Pitney associate Arianna Mouré was featured in an article, "Practicing Law and Contributing to the Greater Good," published in the Fall/Winter 2018 edition of the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Access Newsletter.
Rachel Gonzalez was mentioned in an article, "Unions set to begin voting on NJ Transit rail contract," in NJ.com. Gonzalez provided an explanation of the approval process concerning union agreements in connection with the NJ Transit rail unions voting on the proposed settlement to avert a strike.
Kate Coffey, Rachel Gonzalez and Peter Wolfson were mentioned in the "New Partners Yearbook 2016" in New Jersey Law Journal. This is the Law Journal's annual yearbook devoted to recognizing both newly promoted partners and newly hired lateral partners at law firms in New Jersey.
Patrick McCarthy was quoted in an article, “Former exec's conviction puts spotlight on safety for high-risk industries; Deadly mine explosion resulted in underwriting rethink by insurers,” in Business Insurance. McCarthy was quoted in connection with the significance of a case, in which Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy Co., was acquitted of all felony charges, but convicted of a misdemeanor conspiracy charge for willfully violating U.S. mine health and safety standards that resulted in a 2010 explosion that killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia.
The Day Pitney alert, "Federal Contractors Must Provide Paid Sick Time in the Future," authored by Francine Esposito and Arielle B. Sepulveda was referenced in a Staffing Industry Analysts article, "New Bill Would 'Ban the Box' for Federal Contractors." In addition to the Fair Chance Act, the article discusses the executive order signed by President Obama that requires federal contractors to provide paid sick time leave. Esposito and Sepulveda noted that the requirement applies to all federal contracts awarded on or after January 1, 2017.