Aon Washington Report
April 3, 2017
President Trump Signs H.J. Res. 37 Into Law; Nullifies Former “Blacklisting” Executive Order
On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 37 into law. The legislation invalidates Executive Order 13673—Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces. Signed by President Obama in July 2014, Executive Order 13673 required prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and provided agencies guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. It also directed the Department of Labor (DOL) and Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to issue regulations and guidance to implement the requirements.
Additionally, President Trump on the same day issued an Executive Order (Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders) officially revoking the initial authorizing Executive Order signed by President Obama. President Trump’s Order directs the DOL and other executive agencies to “…consider promptly rescinding any orders, rules, regulations, guidance, guidelines, or policies implementing or enforcing the revoked Executive Orders…”
H.J. Res 37 is available here.
The Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders is here.