Senate OKs Resolution to Revoke Final Rule on Federal Contractors’ Labor Law Compliance

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The Senate has approved a resolution that would repeal a final rule designed to ensure federal contractors’ compliance with labor laws, Federal Times reported March 8.

Tony Ware writes the Congressional Review Act resolution is now headed to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature and seeks to bar future administrations to implement policies similar to the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule.

The rule has not been fully implemented due to a preliminary injunction ordered by a federal court in Texas, Ware reported.

“The Statement of Administration Policy on the resolution stated the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulation would ‘bog down federal procurement with unnecessary and burdensome processes,’” said David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council.

The General Services Administration, Defense Department and NASA jointly introduced the final rule in August 2016 as an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation in order to implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order.

The regulation was scheduled to take effect Oct. 25, 2016, and would require federal contractors that compete for more than $500,000 worth of contracts to reveal violations of 14 federal and state labor laws that happened in the past three years, according to Littler.com.

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