Policies and Practices

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

In a last minute deal to avoid a government shutdown, Congress set aside its partisan differences and agreed to temporarily keep the lights on at current funding levels for most agencies until February 2 of next year.

Monday, November 13, 2023

President Biden’s new Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence contains instructions to cabinet-level agencies, including the Labor Department, to develop policies that are designed to manage the risks of AI while recognizing its potential.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

The government’s latest annual “American Time Use Survey,” covering calendar year 2022, shows an unsurprising drop in the percentage of U.S. workers working at home since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, although the percentage of at-home work is s

Monday, August 7, 2023

Congress has made some progress on advancing the various appropriations bills that will fund the federal government for fiscal year 2024, although the House and Senate are far apart on how much money they want to give to agencies such as OFCCP and th

Monday, July 31, 2023

Illustrating the wide divide between the political parties regarding federal rulemaking, the Biden Administration is seeking greater public input into the current regulatory process while House Republicans want to completely overhaul it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The Biden Administration’s latest semi-annual regulatory agenda lists no new initiatives impacting workplace compliance, even as many previously announced initiatives remain bogged down pending final action.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. A new report issued by OFCCP provides highlights of the agency’s Ombuds Service from fiscal year 2022, and suggests that this relatively new service is achieving its goal of facilitating “the fair and equitable resolution o

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

A new study prepared by the research arm of Congress that was requested by a group of U.S. Senators more than four years ago concludes that noncompete agreements may decrease workers’ job mobility and earnings.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

President Biden has issued an Executive Order officially rescinding the federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate, effective May 12, 2023.

Monday, May 15, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The Biden Administration is asking for public input on practices that employers use to monitor employees in anticipation of the government promulgating regulatory initiatives designed to ensure that these systems do not und

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

CWC has filed written comments with the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to withdraw a proposed rule that would ban the use of most non-compete agreements.

Monday, March 6, 2023

CWC is pleased to present an updated version of our popular federal poster requirements checklist, incorporating changes that have occurred since our last update in 2020.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The Federal Trade Commission has issued a controversial proposed rule that if adopted would ban almost all non-compete agreements. Our memo provides details.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The recently issued white paper prepared by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy contains five basic principles that regulators are encouraged to follow in addressing potential abuses regarding the use of Artificial Intelligence.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The Biden Administration has taken additional steps to implement a new “Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework” that was negotiated with the European Union in an attempt to resolve EU concerns that U.S. data protection safeguards are inadequate.

Monday, October 10, 2022

As expected, the Biden Administration has terminated the Trump-era IRAP system, illustrating both the influence that organized labor wields with the Administration and the difficulty of implementing innovative changes to the government’s entrenched j

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The latest annual ATUS shows that the big jump in work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has started to scale back, apparently confirming the fact that some workers are returning to their physical job locations.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

In a case of first impression, the Fifth Circuit has ruled that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a “natural disaster” within the meaning of the federal WARN Act that exempts an employer from having to provide employees with advance notice of a covered pl

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the powerful independent federal agency created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, is asking for public input on the topic of “employer-driven debt,” presumably with the i

Monday, April 25, 2022

For the second Congress in a row, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana under federal law. And for the second Congress in a row, the bill is unlikely to go anywhere in the U.S. Senate unless it ob

Monday, April 18, 2022

U.S. and European negotiators have reached agreement on a new framework that would allow the cross-border transfer of personal data consistent with strict EU data protection requirements. It is likely to be some time, however, before the framework is

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The most recent Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, an annual national survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that workplace homicides recorded in 2020 were the lowest number in two decades. Workplace suicides also declined fr

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted the injunction barring enforcement of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard mandating that employers with 100 or more employees require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-

Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Biden Administration’s latest semi-annual regulatory agenda contains a number of new items that will be of interest to CWC members, including new initiatives from OFCCP, DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, and the NLRB.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

In response to a federal court order blocking the federal contractor mandate nationwide, the Biden Administration has suspended its enforcement pending further legal developments.

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