September 9th, 2015
At Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, we practice labor and employment law on behalf of management, with a focus on management rights and the actions that management can take, rather than those they can’t. We pride ourselves on providing prompt, high-quality, creative legal services and solutions. In our view, labor and employment counsel is a collaborative process with our clients, designed to meet their business objectives.
On Labor Day, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave annually to employees performing work on covered contracts and subcontracts. The leave requirement goes into effect on January 1, 2017.
The coverage provisions of the leave requirement are the same as those for the recently enacted $10.10/hour minimum wage requirement for federal contractors. It applies to contracts for services or construction; contracts for services covered by the Service Contract Act (SCA); contracts for concessions; and contracts entered into with the federal government in connection with federal property or lands and related to offering services for federal employees, their dependents, or the general public. In addition, to be covered, the wages of employees under one of these contracts or contract-like instruments must be governed by the Davis-Bacon Act, the SCA, or the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Wage and Hour Defense Institute – of which LMVT is an active member – submitted a detailed comment opposing the Department of Labor’s proposed regulations on the white-collar exemptions – regulations which, if implemented, would raise the salary test to over $50,000. Click here to view full comment submitted.
For the past 17 years, LMVT’s Effective Supervisor® program has provided essential legal and leadership training to over 6,000 supervisors, managers, HR generalists, and small business executives. This program teaches employment law in a practical and accessible way, focusing on the ultimate goal of increasing supervisors’ confidence, communication, documentation, and decisionmaking. We continually refine and refocus the Effective Supervisor® program so that it reflects the current state of the law and enforcement agency trends. For 2015 we will introduce the topics of union campaigns and the Quickie Election Rules; we will take a close look at handling employee medical issues, leave, and pregnancy; and we will discuss retaliation issues in several contexts.
Join us for training on September 22nd in Birmingham, October 13th in Opelika, or October 22nd in Huntsville. See Upcoming Seminar & Webinars below to register.
Richard Lehr, David Middlebrooks, Al Vreeland and Mike Thompson have been recognized in The Best Lawyers In America© for Labor and Employment Law in 2016. In addition, Al Vreeland was named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for Birmingham.