Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule Issued

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council have issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule and accompanying guidance.

The rule requires covered government contractors to disclose labor law compliance history for a three-year look-back period. Only those violations dating from October 25, 2015 and later must be reported. The final rule does not affect state contracts. It requires contractors to disclose compliance with 14 federal laws and their state equivalents. With respect to those 14 laws, contractors must disclose:

  • The labor law violated;
  • The case number, inspection number, charge number, docket number or other identification number;
  • The date rendered; and
  • The name of the court, arbitrator, agency, board, or commission rendering the determination or decision.

Starting today, current or prospective contractors may go to the DOL for a pre-assessment in anticipation of bids on future federal contracts, which is a voluntary assessment of their labor-compliance history.

The final rule takes effect October 25, 2016, but various compliance dates extend into 2017.

Members are encouraged to contact MSEC for assistance.