March 28, 2017

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order Revoked

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed legislation and issued an executive order nullifying the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order and implementing rules and guidance.

Major parts of the rule had been enjoined in October 2016, by a Texas federal court. The highly anticipated legislative veto and presidential order reverse controversial new burdensome obligations, including requirements that contractors on federal contracts of more than $500,000 disclose civil judgments, arbitration awards and administrative determinations involving labor law violations.

Opponents charged that the rule might effectively blacklist contractors based on purported regulatory violations that were not finally decided by regulators or reviewed by courts.

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