Did you know that President Obama recently signed another Executive Order, hard to believe, but he did! This new executive order requires companies bidding on federal contracts to disclose any past sins or violations to federal employment laws.
Under the new Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, federal agencies must require companies bidding on procurement contracts for goods and services over $500,000 to disclose “whether there has been any administrative merits determination, arbitral award or decision, or civil judgment” against the bidding company within the preceding three years for violations of certain labor laws and executive orders. These include the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Family Medical and Leave Act (“FMLA”), Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), the above-mentioned executive orders relating to equal employment opportunity and the minimum wage for federal contractors, and even “equivalent State laws, as defined in guidance by the Department of Labor.”
Agencies awarding contracts must consider the bidding companies’ labor violations as part of the award process and determine whether the company “is a responsible source that has a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics,” consistent with Department of Labor guidelines.
Compliance is becoming more and more necessary for all companies. The fines and penalties for non-compliance have increased over the years. The number of EEOC cases have steadily increased, OSHA is as active as ever. However, it is not just the fines and penalties any longer. It is the lawsuits, the loss of capital and now the loss of opportunity to bid on government contracts.
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