Policy Round-Up: Executive Order

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Nakia Gladden
Nakia Gladden

President Obama recently signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which will make it harder for private businesses to win federal contracts if they violate worker’s rights.

OBAMA’S LATEST EXECUTIVE ORDER AIMED AT LABOR LAW VIOLATION:

“The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order affects only new federal procurement contracts valued at more than $500,000 and will be implemented on new contracts in stages, starting in 2016. The Labor Department estimates there are some 24,000 businesses with federal contracts, employing about 28 million workers.”

“The new process is designed to encourage companies to settle existing disputes with workers by paying back wages and making other amends. The order also requires that workers get information each pay period that helps them verify the accuracy of their paychecks.”

“In addition, the order puts an end to mandatory arbitration agreements at corporations. Administration officials say that change will guarantee that workers who have been sexually assaulted or had their civil rights violated will get their day in court.”

Read more in the Los Angeles Times

OBAMA SIGNS ‘FAIR PAY AND SAFE WORKPLACE’ EXECUTIVE ORDER: WE’RE NOT GOING TO STOP’:

“Obama signed the order in front of a supportive audience of workers and labor advocates at the White House, where he goaded Republicans by offering to “wash their car, walk their dog” if they would agree to work with him to move his policies forward. Deriding the House GOP’s lawsuit against him as a waste of America’s time, he vowed not to let intimidation from Congress get in his way.

“We’re not going to stop,” Obama said. “And if they’re not going to lift a finger to help working Americans, then I’m going to work twice as hard to help working Americans.”

Facing opposition that’s only hardened as the midterm elections approach, Obama has searched for ways to use what he does control — the federal bureaucracy — to demonstrate the merits of his own proposals, albeit on a smaller scale. Thursday’s executive order adds to others Obama has signed this year, including requiring federal contractors to pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour and barring contractors from discriminating against gay or transgender workers.
Labor unions and civil rights groups cheered the executive order, calling it a boon for both taxpayer and workers.”

For the full article visit Huffingtonpost.com

THE NAACP APPLAUDED THE PRESIDENT RELEASING THIS STATEMENT:

“We applaud President Obama for signing an executive order that requires federal contractors to comply with antidiscrimination laws. This very important and comprehensive executive order will ensure that taxpayers aren’t supporting companies that discriminate, steal wages, or fail to protect the health and safety of their employees. Promoting competition and protecting civil rights in federal contacting is a measure of both our business ethics and democratic values.”

For the full post visit NAACP.org

To Read President Obama’s full Executive Order visit here

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