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