Federal contractors will have to report all violations of employment laws and federal regulations once a new White House executive order takes effect.
Public comments on Department of Labor guidance for implementing Executive Order 13673 closed on Aug. 26. The guidance could become final this year.
The executive order requires federal contractors to report any violation of labor laws or executive orders in the past three years to the appropriate agency contracting officer and update the report every six months. Contractors must also collect the same information from their subcontractors.
It also requires contractors to maintain detailedrecords.
The order defines a violation as “any administrative merits determination, arbitral award or decision, or civil judgment” involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the, the ADA, the National labor Relations Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Several other laws are also covered.
Contractors must also report violations of any equivalent state laws.
Violations must be reported to the contractor’s federal agency’s contracting officer, who will then determine appropriate action—which could range from ordering remedial steps to prevent further violation to barring the contractor from further federal business..
Advice: If you are a federal contractor or subcontractor, consult an attorney to ensure you are prepared to comply with Executive Order 13673.