“Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” Order to Change How Federal Contracts Are Awarded

Published: Aug 22, 2014
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It will get harder for contractors who violate labor laws to get federal contracts now that President Obama has signed the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” order.

The main provisions of the order are that contractors who are applying for federal projects will have to disclose their previous violations of the labor law. Agency, on the other hand, will be given “greater guidance on how to take those violations into account while awarding contracts.” Contractors’ employees will enjoy greater protection under the order too.

Contractors now have to self-report their violations to the federal government every six months and also make sure that their subcontractors have clean records too.

Certain groups think this law will keep contractors “to an unreasonable standard of perfection”, while others argue the changes will be good both for the government, and the public in light of the many labor law violations.

Read the full article in the Washington Post.

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Victor Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two combat tours. As president of Lance Surety, he now focuses on educating and assisting small businesses throughout the country with various license and bond requirements. Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.