Last summer, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which requires government contractors hoping to secure contracts of over $500,000 to disclose state and federal labor law violations from the past three years. This week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued proposed rules defining exactly what “federal law violations” must be reported to comply with the Executive Order.
In short, if you want to do big business with the federal government, make sure your records and files are in order. The DOL’s proposed rules require federal contractors to report violations of a whole host of federal labor laws, including those addressing wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections. The DOL has not yet defined which state law violations must be reported under the Executive Order. The deadline to submit comments on the proposed rules is July 27, 2015.