Finalized Federal ‘Blacklisting’ Rule Sparks Industry Backlash

fall-protectionAttention all contractors who work or seek to work with the federal government on contracts worth more than $500,000. Starting October 25, a new rule from the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council goes into effect that will require you to report past labor law violations.

But the new law has stirred quite the controversy.

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, commonly referred to as the “Blacklisting” rule has received a lot of backlash from the construction industry. The rule will be implemented in phases to provide construction contractors time to understand the new requirements.

The rule will force prospective federal contractors to disclose any violation of the 14 basic workplace protections — including wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections — they or their subcontractors have had in the last three years.

Read more about the backlash.