By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
ARTBA will host a free one-hour webinar starting at 1 p.m. EST Oct. 12, about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) “Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.” Lori Ann Lange, a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm Peckar & Abramson, will present the webinar: “The Blacklisting Executive Order – What You Need to Know to Survive.”
The final rule implementing the executive order, released in late August, applies to all contractors working directly with the federal government. Beginning Oct. 25, contractors bidding on solicitations of $50 million or more will be required to disclose their violations of 14 different federal workplace health and safety laws. The final rule, which is being phased in, ultimately will require disclosure of labor violations on solicitations of $500,000 or more, will require subcontractors to disclose their labor violations, and will expand the reporting requirement to state law equivalents of the federal labor laws. Additional reports have to be made every six months after a contract is awarded.
The DOL contends the rule will ensure federal contractors comply with all necessary regulatory requirements. Concerned employers counter that the rule will “blacklist” them from federal awards for violations or claims, which they do not have the ability to properly track.