Law and the Workplace
Connie Bertram

Connie Bertram

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Connie N. Bertram is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department. Connie is the head of the DC Labor & Employment practice, and co-head of the Whistleblowing & Retaliation, and Government Contractor Compliance & Relations Groups.

Connie concentrates her practice on labor and employment, executive, whistleblower, government contractor and employee mobility counseling and litigation. She is frequently tapped to conduct confidential internal investigations involving executive-level employees, including claims of discrimination, harassment and code of conduct violations. She counsels on, investigates and litigates restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes between employers and former employees. Connie has defended complex employment, whistleblower and restrictive covenant litigation across the United States, including numerous disputes, discrimination and harassment claims involving executive-level employees, as well as claims brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, the False Claims Act and other federal and state employment and whistleblower provisions.

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Illinois Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Salary History Ban

Bucking the nationwide trend, Illinois was unable to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. On November 9, 2017, the Illinois Senate failed to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a salary history ban. As we previously reported, on August 25, 2017, Governor Rauner vetoed a bill that would have … Continue Reading

New EEO-1 Form Put On Hold: Employers Have Until March 31, 2018 To Submit Prior Version Of EEO-1 Form

Key Points: The OMB has stayed the implementation of the new EEO-1 Form, which added compensation and hours worked components to the annual EEO-1 submission OMB’s decision was based in part on concerns about burdens the new form would place on employers and the questionable utility of the new information requirements Employers who must submit … Continue Reading

What Is Going On With The Revised EEO-1 Form?  Acting EEOC Chair Provides Insight Into Its Status

As loyal readers of our blog are aware, in February 2016, the EEOC released a rule to amend the Form EEO-1.  The new rule requires private employers (including federal contractors) with 100 or more employees to submit pay data with their EEO-1 reports.  Employers with fewer than 100 employees will still not need to file … Continue Reading

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Votes to Defund Revised Form EEO-1 Requiring Disclosure of Pay Data

On July 13, 2017, the House Committee on Appropriations signaled what could be a devastating blow to the future of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) revised Form EEO-1.  As you may recall, in February 2016, the EEOC released a rule – which was later revised – to amend the Form EEO-1.  The new rule … Continue Reading

EEOC Announces Revised EEO-1 Rule

The EEOC published its revised EEO-1 Rule, responding to a number of comments submitted following the issuance of its proposed rule in February 2016.  As a reminder, the EEOC proposed revising its EEO-1 report to require employers to provide certain wage and hour data regarding their employees to the EEOC on an annual basis.  Our … Continue Reading

Proposed EEO-1 Revisions Requiring Production Of Pay Data Published In Federal Register

On February 1, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC’s”) proposed revisions to the Employer Information Report (“EEO-1”) were published in the Federal Register.  Our original post on the anticipated release of this publication can be found here.  With the publication, the EEOC also released a proposed revised version of the EEO-1 report, which … Continue Reading

President Obama Expected To Announce New EEO-1 Pay Equity Reporting Requirements

Today, President Obama is expected to announce new pay equity reporting requirements that would require employers to disclose information concerning compensation and hours worked with their annual EEO-1 reports. According to an EEOC publication in the Federal Register, starting in 2017, employers with more than 100 employees will be required to report “W-2 earnings and … Continue Reading

Virginia Governor’s Order “Encourages” Private Employers to “Ban the Box”

Last week, Virginia Governor Terrence McAuliffe signed an executive order “banning the box” on most state employment applications and “encouraging” private employers and government contractors to do the same.  “Ban the box” refers to a legislative and executive trend across the country requiring or encouraging employers to delete the “check box” on job applications asking … Continue Reading

D.C.’s “Ban the Box” Law Takes Effect, OHR Issues Notice of Rights

D.C.’s Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 took effect on December 17.  The new law prevents employers with 11 or more employees in D.C. from making any criminal inquiries on an initial employment application (i.e., “banning the box”).  Once the employer has extended the applicant a conditional offer of employment, it may inquire into … Continue Reading

D.C. Prepares a Holiday “Gift” for Employers – the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray quietly signed an amendment to the Wage Theft Prevention Act which will likely take effect in mid-December 2014 – just in time for the holidays.  The amended Act will significantly expand D.C. employers’ obligations to employees, including comprehensive new pay notice requirements for all existing employees and new hires going … Continue Reading

D.C. Mayor Signs “Ban the Box” Law

Mayor Vincent Gray has signed the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 to prevent most employers in the District of Columbia from asking prospective employees about their criminal history on the initial job application. In “banning the box” for private employment, D.C. joins a growing list of states (Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) and … Continue Reading

D.C. Expands Paid Sick Leave Law

  D.C.’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 significantly broadens the scope of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 (the “ASSLA”) by covering more employees, as well as imposing additional recordkeeping requirements. The Amendment took effect last week but it will not apply to employers until a statement of its … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Extends SOX’s Whistleblower Protection To Employees of Publicly Traded Company’s Contractors

The U.S. Supreme Court held that Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s whistleblower protection extends to employees of a publicly traded company’s contractors and subcontractors in its March 14, 2014 decision in the case of Lawson v. FMR LLC. This alert provides background and analysis of this first case decided by the Supreme Court under Section 806 of SOX. … Continue Reading

D.C. Expands Sick Leave Law

D.C.’s expanded sick leave requirements became effective March 7, but employers have until a statement of its fiscal effect is published in the D.C. Register.  Nevertheless, D.C. employers should begin to update their policies.  Key aspects of the amended law include: No changes to the minimum amount of paid sick days that must be provided … Continue Reading

More Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors as the Federal Government Shutdown Continues

As the federal government shutdown enters its third week, it remains unclear when a deal will be forged. We have been helping government contractors navigate the difficult legal issues raised by the continued government shutdown and previously published an alert, Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors in the Wake of the Federal Government Shutdown, … Continue Reading

Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors in the Wake of the Federal

On October 1, 2013, the federal government shut down for the first time in seventeen years. Government contractors are already feeling the bite of the shutdown and facing immediate issues regarding how to handle impacted workers while the shutdown continues and their work is on hold. This alert discusses many of the most significant employment-related … Continue Reading

OFCCP Issues Long-Awaited VEVRAA and Section 503 Final Rules

On August 27, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released long-awaited Final Rules that substantially impact federal contractor compliance obligations under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended (“VEVRAA”) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 503). VEVRAA and Section 503 Final Rules impose significant … Continue Reading
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