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Senate votes to end rule protecting federal contractors

The Senate voted 49 to 48 to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which is aimed at federal contractors.

The Senate voted 49 to 48 to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which is aimed at federal contractors, the Washington Post reports.

The rule — which required federal contractors to disclose violations and alleged violations of several federal labor laws in order to bid on government contracts —has already cleared the House, the article notes.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a report that showed that 66 of the federal government’s 100 largest contractors have at some point violated federal wage and hour laws, proof she says the rule was needed, and terminating it only makes it “easier for companies that get big-time, taxpayer-funded government contracts to steal wages from their employees and injure their workers without admitting responsibility,” the article states.

Reader comments

Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a report that showed that 66 of the federal government’s 100 largest contractors have at some point violated federal wage and hour laws, proof she says the rule was needed" REALLY? Sounds like the "rule" was not working to me!

Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Makes no sense to repeal this law. Regulations that protect workers are not the regulations they should be getting rid of. That said, there is nothing stopping people from reporting contract companies who violate the labor laws. They can only get away with what you let them get away with. I'm not a contractor so maybe that's easier said than done.

Thu, Mar 9, 2017

If the government wants to use this information as a factor in awarding contracts, why don't they simply look in one of their massive databases and find out for themselves? Why would you rely on a contractor telling you that they violated federal labor laws?

Thu, Mar 9, 2017 tronron Richmond, VA

This is based in Executive Order 13673, which was signed on July 31, 2014, was issued on Aug 25, 2016, and phases into effect on Sept 12, 2016; Oct 25, 2016; Jan 1, 2017, April 25, 2017; and Oct 25, 2017. Read it. It is in addition to existing guidelines, and seems very Byzantine in nature.

Thu, Mar 9, 2017 Robert

As a former federal employee of more than 40 years, I saw that law in practice. A small, two-person, local moving company had to provide a copy of their employee drug & alcohol rehabilitation program before they could bid to move us across the street. The law all but eliminates small businesses from bidding.

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