March 30 2017
Before taking office, President Trump vowed to revoke “all illegal and overreaching executive orders.” On March 27, he made good on that vow when he revoked former President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces rule (“EO”), known by many as the “Blacklisting EO”.
As we reported on July 24, 2016, Obama enacted the EO back in 2014 with the goal of promoting efficient procurement of government contracts with businesses “who comply with labor laws.” Among other things, the EO would have required companies with government contracts valued at $500,000 or more to report violations under 14 labor and employment laws, including the FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, OSHA, NLRA, federal contractor laws and any equivalent state and local laws. Based on the severity of a company’s infractions (or in some cases, mere allegations of infractions), the government could disqualify or outright bar that company from bidding for future federal contracts.
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