by Sophie E. Zdatny
At a recent Employers Counsel Network (ECN) conference in Alexandria, Virginia, several notable speakers stopped by to provide their insights on current developments in the employment arena at the national level and to share their predictions for President Barack Obama’s second term. Highlights include increased regulatory activity from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), greater focus on the classification of employees and compensation practices, continued activity at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) despite the Noel Canning decision, and growing public support for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
As the first of a three-part series, this post will look at the recent personnel turnover at federal agencies, the extensive reach of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs (DWPP), and enhanced enforcement efforts from the OFCCP.
Hilda Solis, secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), resigned earlier this year, and President Obama’s nominee, Thomas Perez of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division (CRD), is awaiting confirmation by the Senate. Perez’s background is in litigating practice-and-pattern cases, and it’s anticipated that if he’s confirmed, he’ll focus on wage and hour issues, including misclassification of employees. Continue Reading »