Proposal to keep repeat labor-law violators off contracts draws opposition

Contractor groups protest proposed rule implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive Order

The Obama administration’s attempt to streamline the federal procurement process and bolster labor protections for government and contract employees is coming under strong opposition from federal contractor groups.

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued a proposed rule and the Labor Department released a guidance memo today aimed at improving contractor compliance with labor laws.

The rule and guidance seek to implement Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, an executive order President Barack Obama signed on July 31, 2014.

“Under the terms of the Executive Order, agencies will require prospective contractors to disclose labor law violations from the past three years before they can get a contract,” said a factsheet that accompanied the executive order. “The 14 covered Federal statutes and equivalent state laws include those addressing wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections. Agencies will also require contractors to collect similar information from many of their subcontractors.” …  More

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Source:  Federal News Radio   by Michael O’Connell, May 27, 2015


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