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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Lawsuit filed to block Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order [feedly]

Lawsuit filed to block Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order
http://www.epi.org/blog/lawsuit-filed-to-block-fair-pay-and-safe-workplaces-executive-order/

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One of President Obama's most important contributions to better pay and working conditions in the United States is his executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which he issued two years ago and is finally taking effect this month. The order, which addresses wage theft and on-the-job hazards, including sexual harassment and race discrimination, affects 25 million employees working for businesses that provide goods and services under contract to the federal government – businesses that range from janitorial services to ship builders.

The first provisions are set to take effect in two weeks – unless a lawsuit filed in Texas by various business groups succeeds in delaying or blocking enforcement of the rules.

Why is the Executive Order Needed?

The federal government purchases over $500 billion in goods and services from the private sector, and the firms it deals with employ about 20 percent of the nation's total workforce. It is important that the government chooses to deal with honest employers and that, when given a choice of two otherwise similar contractors, it chooses to do business with the one that demonstrates superior integrity and a greater inclination to obey the law. That is common sense.

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