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Help Federal Contractors Deliver for the Government & Taxpayers

“Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order Would Needlessly Slow the Federal Contracting Process

Department of Labor (DOL) guidance and proposed Fair Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR) rules to implement the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (EO 13673) would require onerous and redundant reporting of labor law violations by prospective federal contractors; prohibit certain pre-dispute arbitration agreements; and require additional, unneeded wage and hour reports.

New Rules Add Up to Big Costs – With Little to Gain

  • $100 Million Plus: Initial estimate of the economic impact the implementation of this Executive Order would have on employers (HR Policy Association).
  • Less than 0.5%: Percentage of the nearly 100,000 charges the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives each year that eventually become lawsuits (HR Policy Association).
  • More than Doubled: Number of federal suspensions and debarments from FY 2009 to FY 2013 (Government Accountability Office), showing that existing rules work.
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Business Roundtable Recommendations

Congress should implement existing rules that already address reasonable concerns, save money and support efficiency. Withdraw the proposed rule and implement existing regulations to ensure compliance with federal and state labor laws.