On Aug. 25, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) issued a final rule and guidance implementing an executive order affecting federal contractors.

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order was signed by President Barack Obama in 2014. Under the terms of the Order, federal agencies will require prospective contractors to disclose previous labor law violations when submitting bids for federal contracts. The Order also requires more wage payment transparency and prohibits pre-dispute arbitration agreements.

The Order is intended to ensure that federal contracts are awarded to compliant contractors. Contractors that fail to provide complete and accurate information may be subject to sanctions under the False Statements and the False Claims Acts.

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