The DoD IG has started the audit – Are your Whistleblower policies up to date?

DoD Inspector General Audit on Whistleblower

We issued a blog in May 2021 addressing the Department of Justice, Inspector General. The IG found that DOJ contracts did not comply with the whistleblower requirements to include whistleblower clauses in the contract, disseminate the rights and protections in writing to employees, and include required information in confidentiality agreements/statements to employees. We indicated we would not be surprised to see the DoD IG pick up on this area and review DoD Contractors.

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Topics: Business Systems Review, DOD IG, Human Resources, Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR)

Employee or Independent Contractor?

Are You SURE All of Your Workers Are Properly Classified?

In January of this year (2021), we told you that the United States Department of Labor (DOL) under the Trump administration announced a final rule clarifying the standard for whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule reaffirmed the “economic reality” test as the primary factor for determining employee status. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021 and the Rule was set to have an effective date of March 8, 2021.

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Topics: Contractor Employee Compensation, Human Resources, Accounting & Billing System, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Is Your Company Familiar with the Whistleblower Laws?

Whistleblower claims are on the rise with alleged violations of health and safety laws as well as fraud and abuse under the CARES Act due to the pandemic. Employers need to ensure they are familiar with the whistleblower laws and their responsibilities under government contracts.

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Topics: Business Systems Review, DOD IG, Human Resources, Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR)

Time to Get Your Training On

You’re probably not feeling quite like THIS about training, but we do want to remind you of a few topics that you, as a federal government contractor, need to address with your workforce on a fairly regular basis. We can’t hit them all, but this is a list of those that should be on the radar of your Human Resources staff and are relevant to most contractors.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Compliance Training, Human Resources, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

DOL Announces Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status Under FLSA

On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule to clarify whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021 and the effective date is March 8, 2021. You may read the entire rule here.

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Human Resources, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Independent Contractor

Annual VETS-4212 Report Due by September 30th

Under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts valued at $150,000 or more are required to file an annual VETS-4212 report disclosing the number of veterans in their workforce. All contractors and subcontractors who meet the contract threshold amount are required to file a VETS-4212 report, regardless of their total number of employees. Data reported through form VETS-4212 is used by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to conduct compliance evaluations. The annual filing period for form VETS-4212 is August 1 through September 30. The 2020 filing deadline is September 30, 2020.

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Topics: Human Resources, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Self-Identification Forms - NEW Form and Helpful Reminders

If your company is subject to EEO-1 reporting or if you’re a contractor, Self ID forms are old news but as OMB has approved a new Voluntary Self-ID of Disability form, now is a good time for a refresher.

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Topics: Human Resources, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Families First Coronavirus Response Act



Redstone GCI is currently monitoring the Families First Coronavirus Response Act bill passed by the House over the weekend, which will provide a number of economic, policy, and regulatory benefits in response to COVID-19. We are closely following the bill as it progresses through the regulatory process to be finalized.

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Topics: Human Resources, COVID-19

Hiring Foreign Nationals in Compliance with ITAR EAR and Immigration Laws

Both the ITAR and the EAR regulate Deemed Exports: releasing or otherwise transferring controlled technical data to a foreign person in the United States. So how does this impact hiring foreign nationals to work on ITAR/EAR projects? Hiring foreign nationals presents an opportunity for a deemed export and therefore possible export compliance implications.

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Topics: Human Resources, Export and Import, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

File Your 2018 EEO-1 Report by May 31, 2019

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 EEO-1 survey officially opened on March 18, 2019 and is due on May 31, 2019.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Human Resources