News Break: President Trump Approves The Repeal Of President Obama’s Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

By: Chad T. Wishchuk, Esq. and Kathleen A. Donahue, Esq. of Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP.

On March 27, 2017, President Trump repealed President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The most controversial aspect of that Executive Order was the so-called “blacklisting rule,” which required federal contractors to disclose labor violations committed or alleged in the last three years when bidding on certain federal contracts. The Executive Order also required federal contractors to provide specific wage statements to employees (“paycheck transparency”), and prohibited federal contractors with contracts worth more than $1 million from entering into arbitration agreements with their employees about certain civil rights claims.

Prior to the repeal of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, an injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas in October 2016 had halted enforcement of all but the paycheck transparency provisions. Now, the entire Executive Order has been eliminated. Federal contractors already performing work under contracts incorporating the paycheck transparency provisions should consult with their attorney to determine how to proceed.

Please contact Chad T. Wishchuk, Esq., or Kathleen A. Donahue, Esq., of Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP, or call us at (858) 737-3100 if you have any questions.

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