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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces and its “executioner”: The Congressional Review Act

The U.S. Senate has passed, 49-48, a resolution of disapproval of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. The resolution of disapproval passed the House in February. If the President signs the resolution, as is expected,...more

A Quicker Death for the Proposed Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations?

Since they were announced, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and following regulations have elicited strong feelings from contractors resulting in an ongoing battle between Government and industry. Initiated in...more

Congress Invalidates Controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

Earlier this week, on March 6, 2017, the Senate passed a joint resolution disapproving the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule (the “Rule”), which mandated contractor reporting of labor law violations, and had earned the...more

Senate Passes Disapproval Resolution of “Blacklisting” Regulations

Seyfarth Synopsis: By a vote of 49-48 last evening by the U.S. Senate, both Houses of Congress have now moved to rescind the regulations issued pursuant to President Obama’s Executive Order 13678, entitled Fair Pay and Safe...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Spotlight on Health Care and Regulatory Reform Under the Trump Administration

On February 28, 2017, President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, outlining a broad vision of his agenda. The Trump administration is widely expected to chart a dramatically different course on...more

Senate Kills Federal Contractor Work Safety Rule

On March 6, 2017, the Senate voted 49-48 to eliminate President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule was finalized in August 2016...more

Fair Pay and Safe Work Places Goes to President Trump

March 6, 2017, by a vote of 49-48, the Senate passed a house joint resolution disapproving the final rule implementing Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. The House previously passed the resolution in...more

Last Straw for the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule – Congress to Take Final Vote on Repeal

As we previously reported, following the start of the Trump Administration, Congress has moved aggressively to overturn regulations passed in the final days of the Obama Administration through the rarely-used powers in the...more

Senate Votes to “Disapprove” Blacklisting Regulation

By a narrow margin of 49-48, the Senate has voted to “disapprove” President Obama’s much challenged Executive Order 13673: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which required the mandatory reporting of labor violations for...more

Congress Boots the "Blacklisting" Regulation and Sends it to the President’s Desk

On March 6, 2017, on a narrow straight party line vote of 49–48, the U.S. Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Joint Resolution of Disapproval, which moots Executive Order (EO) 13673, "Fair Pay and Safe...more

Senate Joins House in Passing CRA Resolution to Invalidate Contractor Blacklisting Rules

On March 6, 2017, by a party-line vote of 49-48, the United States Senate passed a resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 37) pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, to preclude enforcement of the Federal Acquisition...more

Labor and Employment Regulations Potentially Affected by Trump Regulatory Freeze

The Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review" (Freeze Memo) instructs the heads of federal executive departments and agencies to send no regulation to the Office of Federal Register (OFR) until a presidential...more

Congress Strikes Blow to “Fair Play and Safe Workplaces”

For the last few months, we have been following the troubled rollout of the “Fair Play and Safe Workplaces” rules, an Obama-era Executive Order that placed new requirements on contractors prohibiting certain labor practices....more

Congress in Process of Passing Disapproval Resolution of Blacklisting Regulations

On February 2, 2017, by a vote of 236 to 187, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution of disapproval to block the Final Rule implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2017

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs - On January 30, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order requiring for every one new federal...more

UPDATE: House votes to disapprove Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to permanently block implementation of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule, also known as the contractor “Blacklisting Rule.” With a 236-187 vote, the joint resolution...more

Congress to Take Action to Undo the Contractor Blacklisting Rule

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced on the House Floor today that Congress will take direct aim at formally rescinding "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces", also known as the contractor "blacklisting" rule. We have...more

Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule is on the chopping block

In good news for federal contractors, Congress has taken its first step toward permanently blocking implementation of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule, also known as the contractor “Blacklisting” Rule. As we have...more

I Can See Clearly Now (Well, Almost): Congress Initiates Legislation to Abolish the Contractor Blacklisting Regulations

It’s not quite time for federal contractors to pop the cork and pour the champagne, but it may be time to get out the flutes and chill a bottle. The new Congress has taken the first step toward extinguishing the...more

New Administration Orders Freeze of Pending Regulations, Takes Aim at the Affordable Care Act

One of the first acts of the new Administration on Inauguration Day was to issue a memorandum putting the brakes—at least temporarily—on federal regulations that have not yet taken effect, and to release an executive order...more

Labor Law 2016: A Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor - Issue 4 | Winter 2017

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued making life more difficult for employers in 2016. The agency issued a host of decisions that significantly expand the number and type of individuals that unions can seek to...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

Federal Contractors Might Be in for a Wild Ride in 2017

President Obama has signed multiple executive orders impacting federal contractors throughout his administration, and 2016 has been a particularly active year for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). In...more

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