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President Obama Signs Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Published:  August 5, 2014

Last week, President Obama signed the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order,” which requires prospective federal contractors seeking contracts over $500,000 to disclose any labor and employment law violations within the past three years including any violations of federal and state laws regarding wage and hour, health and safety, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections.

In addition to reporting labor and employment law violations, the Executive Order is aimed at promoting paycheck transparency and prohibiting mandatory arbitration of Title VII claims and sexual harassment claims.  The Executive Order, which will become effective in 2016, is estimated to affect over 24,000 businesses employing approximately 26 million workers.

If you have any questions regarding compliance with or reporting labor and employment law violations pursuant to this Executive Order, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal LLP at (413) 586-2288.

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