Information from a briefing letter from the US Chamber of Commerce of which CUE is a member. If you are a federal contractor, this is a big deal, and there have already been reports that labor unions view it as a very important new type of leverage to use against employers.
On Wednesday, the administration released (pre-Federal Register issuance) their package of final Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council regulations and DOL guidance to implement Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, aka, “blacklisting.” The Order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose their “violations” (as broadly defined by the DOL guidance) of 14 labor and workplace laws before receiving a contract award. Agencies will use this information to determine whether prospective contractors are responsible sources that should be awarded contracts. The same reporting requirement will repeat every six months for the duration of the contract. If a contractor, or potential contractor, is not in compliance, the relevant agency will be contacted for the purpose of trying to get that contractor to agree to a “labor compliance agreement” that can then be provided as mitigating evidence against any reported violations.
The 14 labor and employment laws and E.Os are:
Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces head page: https://www.dol.gov/asp/fairpayandsafeworkplaces/
Description of contractor disclosure requirements: https://www.dol.gov/asp/fairpayandsafeworkplaces/ContractorDisclosures.htm
Description of Paycheck Transparency provisions: https://www.dol.gov/asp/fairpayandsafeworkplaces/PaycheckTransparency.htm
Description of prohibition on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses for contracts over $1 million: https://www.dol.gov/asp/fairpayandsafeworkplaces/MandatoryArbitration.htm
Description of Agency Labor Compliance Advisors: https://www.dol.gov/asp/fairpayandsafeworkplaces/ALCADirectory.htm
Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.dol.gov/asp/fairpayandsafeworkplaces/FAQs.htm
Comparison between proposed and final regulations and guidance: https://www.dol.gov/asp/fairpayandsafeworkplaces/FPSW-FARRuleSide-by-Side.pdf
DOL Fact sheet on E.O. and final regulations and guidance: https://www.dol.gov/asp/fairpayandsafeworkplaces/FactSheet.htm
Text of final FAR regulation (Federal Register): https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-25/pdf/2016-19676.pdf
Text of final DOL guidance (Federal Register): https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-25/pdf/2016-19678.pdf