New Federal and Independent Contractor Regulations Now in Effect
Effective January 1, 2017, new regulations are in place regarding federal contractor paycheck transparency, independent contractor notices, and paid sick leave obligations. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order enacts paycheck transparency for contractors with contracts priced at $500k or above. As part of the new regulations, employers must provide contractors with a “wage statement” outlining various aspects of hours worked and payment. Additionally, federal contractors must provide independent contractors with a notice indicating their status prior to work being performed. Finally, as of January 1st federal contractors must provide paid sick leave to certain employees. The federal contractor paid sick leave only applies to certain contractors, and employers should review these details carefully to determine if they are applicable.
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