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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Guide

Everything Federal Contractors Need to Know About The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

  • On Oct. 24, 2016, a TX judge granted a preliminary injunction blocking most of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Most notably the “Blacklisting Rule” requiring federal contractors to disclose labor law violations for the past three years. The injunction does not affect the rule’s pay transparency or independent contractor status notification provisions.
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Government Contract's Guide to Service Contract Act Compliance

The Government Contractor’s Guide to Service Contract Act (SCA) Compliance

  • Being a government contractor has always been complicated, but in the last few years, it seems as though the government is almost determined to make it harder than ever. There is no better evidence of this than the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new commitment to Service Contract Act compliance reporting.
  • The previous year’s stats showed that 78% of contractors audited were found to be non-compliant. It is no wonder that random audits (which almost never happened before) are now ne

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DOL Fringe Rate Announcement July 29 2016

How “No Change” to the SCA Health & Welfare Benefit Rate Impacts Government Contractors

  • On 7/29/2016 the Department of Labor announced that they would not be raising the rate for Service Contract Act (SCA) Health and Welfare Fringe Benefits, keeping it at $4.27 per hour. A drastic departure from the previous two years 2013-2015 where the hourly fringe rate has climbed 12% (46 cents).
  • Fringe Rate Fact: from 2007 to 2013, the average yearly fringe rate increase was 9 cents.
  • To put it in perspective, the DOL has increased fringe rates every year for more than 20 years.
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Fringe Benefits Wordcloud

Three Common SCA Compliance Stumbling Blocks

  • SCA compliance seems pretty straightforward. You have your wage determinations, and you classify your employees and pay them accordingly. But if it was so simple, why are suspensions and debarments up a combined 160% since 2010 and 78% of contractors audited in 2014 were found to be non-compliant?
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Fringe Benefits - Competitive Benefits

SCA Compliance Checklist Part 8: Fringe Benefits

  • Any government contractor will tell you, there is no way to escape paying fringes. The best you can hope for is to get the most value you can for your dollar by maximizing your fringes. (more…)

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ACA Compliance - Offers of Coverage

SCA Compliance Checklist Part 7: ACA Compliance

  • While every business needs to be aware of the changes in healthcare law because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), government contractors have a few additional challenges facing them in meeting ACA compliance. (more…)

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Subcontract Compliance

SCA Compliance Checklist Part 6: Subcontractor Compliance

  • Government contracts without subcontractors would be like a rock band without a drummer. Not just because of the savings and ease they can provide a contractor, but because the government pretty much requires the use of them on contracts. (more…)

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Service Contract Act - Fringe Rate

SCA Compliance Checklist Part 5: Fringe Rate

  • When it comes to government contracting 'fringe rate' is a pretty simple and straightforward concept. However due to foggy enforcement over the years, there're more than a couple misconceptions surrounding fringe rate. (more…)

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Service Contract Act Compliance Base Wages

SCA Compliance Checklist Part 4: Base Wages

  • If you look at a list of base rates for a contract, it seems simple enough. You classify a worker by their labor category/skill level, and then pay them the appropriate wage. But if you have been in government contracting before, very few thing are that simple- including base wages. (more…)

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Service Contract Act Compliance Checklist - Labor Categories

SCA Compliance Checklist Part 3: Labor Categories

  • Labor Categories seem like a simple enough idea. The contract defines all the different tasks to be performed on that job. (i.e) how much to pay a person per hour for completing a set task.
  • But, ask anyone who does contract payroll and they'll tell you, it's not that straightforward. (more&helli

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SCA Compliance Checklist Part 2: Pricing

SCA Compliance Checklist Part 2: Pricing

  • Pricing has never been easy for the person who bids contracts. Their educated guess can be the difference between a no profit or low-profit job. In some cases (bidding to high) might cost the job itself.  And lately, Government contracting has only been getting more difficult. (more…)

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Service Contract Act Government Compliance

SCA Compliance Checklist Part 1: Compliance Management

  • If you looked at all the day-to-day aspects of your compliance management, would you feel confident saying, "I'd be okay if the Department of Labor (DOL) audited my business"? Would you bet the financial health of your business on it? (more…)

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Contractor's Guide to ACA

Contractor’s Guide to ACA

As if government contracting weren't complicated enough already, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) places additional pressure on contractors (cost increases and new compliance requirements) which ultimately affects their bottom lines. This Contractor's guide to ACA provides an overview of the new ACA laws along with insights on how these changes affect contractors. (more…)<

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The New State of Government Contracting

The New State of Government Contracting

Through a number of new policies, government contracting is being run more like a “business” than ever before. Let's take a look at some of these legislative changes and how they’re impacting government contractors today. (more…)

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LPTA Wordcloud

Living In An LPTA (Lowest Price Technically Acceptable) World

by , Senior Government Contracting Benefits and Compliance (SCA / DBA) Specialist at Axim Fringe Solutions Group Market Connections and Deltek/Centurion Research Solutions released a report (Oct. 2013) on the impact Lowest Price Technic

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Coverage Analysis

Health Plan Opt-outs, SCA Fringe Rate Payments, and the ACA

Last November, federal regulators issued a new regulation, IRS Reg 1.5000A-3(e), for amounts paid by employers to employees who opt-out of the employer’s health plan be treated as additional employee contributions under the affordability component of the ACA’s employer mandate rules. Specifically, the reg provides that amounts made available under a cafeteria plan are treated as employer contributions for affordability purposes only if the amounts

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Wrap Rates

Are Your Wrap Rates Killing Your LPTA Efforts and Contract Profitability?

by , Senior Government Contracting Benefits and Compliance (SCA / DBA) Specialist at Axim Fring A report (Oct. 2013) by Market Connections and Centurion Research Solutions titledThe New Reality: The impact of LPTA Procurements on Government Contracts and Solutions polled 375 government contractors and 360 civilian and defense decision-makers on Lowest Pri

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