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Agencies Finalize Rule Governing Allowability of Contractor Whistleblower Costs

The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have issued a final rule adopting, with some changes, an interim rule that establishes when a federal defense contractor or subcontractor can recover the amount of legal costs incurred in successfully defending against an employee's whistleblower action. Specifically, the rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 that addresses the allowability of such legal expenses. The interim rule was published on September 30, 2013.

Senate Advances Insourcing Bill

The Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favor of advancing a bill that would provide a tax incentive to employers that move their overseas jobs back to the United States, and eliminate a tax credit for moving operations outside the country. The chamber voted 93-7 to send the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569) to the Senate floor for consideration.

How To Create An Effective Distracted Driving Policy For Employees

Cell phones ringing, texts buzzing, lunching on the run and channel surfing for your favorite radio station. Sounds like a typical day at the office, right?

Data Privacy Law in the UK, Part III: Employment Background Checks and Monitoring

In parts one and two of this series summarizing data protection law in the United Kingdom, we looked at the data protection principles to which employers must adhere in relation to obtaining, holding, or disposing of personal data, including sending it outside the European Union (EU).

Who Got It Right?

Gallaudet University Chief Diversity Officer Angela McCaskill’s job was to promote a diverse and inclusive university community. Not only was she the institution’s first chief diversity officer, she was the first black, deaf woman to earn a Ph.D. from Gallaudet, which was founded to serve deaf and hard-of-hearing students. As Deputy to the President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, McCaskill’s job included fostering and advancing a strategic and integrated approach to diversity priorities in all aspects of university life and establishing diversity priorities. As Chief Diversity Officer, she was responsible for enforcing guidelines for the university that ensured equity, inclusion, and social justice.

The New Bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Who said bipartisanship is dead in Washington? It just requires the right legislation! Finally, a long-awaited jobs promotion bill was approved that aims to help train and prepare workers with the twenty-first century skills necessary for employment.

House Approves Job Training Bill; President Expected to Sign

One of the few employment-related bills considered this term is on its way to the President’s desk. On July 9, the House overwhelmingly approved the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) by a vote of 415-6 (with 11 not voting).

Employment law BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

Oddities, weirdness, and the strange and unusual from the world of employment law.

Data Privacy Law in the UK, Part I: An Introduction for U.S. Employers

The recent high-profile decision by the European Court of Justice involving Google has highlighted the existence of stringent data privacy laws in the European Union (EU). However, although the Google decision was groundbreaking insofar as it concerned a requirement that a search engine remove links to “irrelevant” or “outdated” information published by third parties (which could themselves continue to publish that information) it is only the application of the law that is new. The principles of relevance and accuracy themselves are fundamental principles of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC as implemented in the United Kingdom by the Data Protection Act 1998.

Adopt an arbitration program that covers class, collective claims

In all the hoopla over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision last week, it may have been lost that the Court refused to review a circuit court decision compelling arbitration in a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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