On August 25, the highly anticipated final Federal Acquisition Rule and Labor Department guidance implementing President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order was published in the Federal Register. The rule, EO13673, has attracted its fair share of controversy and was nicknamed the “blacklisting” initiative by opponents, who questioned whether it was necessary or even would produce positive results in light of its impact on employers.

When the new rules are fully phased in, prospective contractors will have to disclose violations of 14 basic workplace protections from the prior three years, including those addressing wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections.

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