On April 27, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) that will, beginning in early 2022, raise the minimum hourly wage from $10.95 to $15.00 for workers working on or in connection with covered federal contracts and subcontracts. More information about the EO is available on the Administration’s fact sheet. This minimum wage will increase in subsequent years based on inflation. The EO makes good on the Administration’s announcement in January that the President would increase the minimum wage requirements for federal contractors in his first 100 days in office.   
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On March 2, 2021, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is amending its FY 2020 Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) for federal supply and service contractors to forego “compliance checks” and “focused reviews” on that list that are not currently underway. Contractors that were identified for a compliance check or focused review in the FY 2020 CSAL should check the amended FY 2020 CSAL to determine whether they are listed for any other type of review. Notably, OFCCP’s announcement does not cancel its more fulsome compliance reviews, impact any reviews from prior lists (e.g., the FY 2019 CSAL) or open reviews, or make any changes to reviews that are pending for construction contractors (which are subject to a different CSAL).

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The legal community paid close attention to the California Supreme Court’s 2018 Dynamex decision which adopted a strict test to curtail misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Now that the California legislature has codified and signed the Dynamex decision into law as Assembly Bill 5 (“AB 5”), both the national and legal press have sounded

In Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l, Inc., the Ninth Circuit revived a decade old wage and hour class action and simultaneously dealt a blow to many employers utilizing independent contractors by holding that California Supreme Court’s “ABC test,” as set forth in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, applies retroactively.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) – the Department of Labor office responsible for overseeing federal contractors’ and subcontractors’ equal employment opportunity and affirmative action obligations – was very active in 2018. Led by new Director Craig Leen, who served as acting director of the agency until December 2018, OFCCP issued 12 new