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Congress Votes to Permanently Block ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

Congress has passed legislation (H.J. Res. 37) that will block implementation of the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” through the Congressional Review Act. The House approved H.J. Res. 37 with a bipartisan vote of 236-187 and the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 49-48.

Preliminary Injunction Granted Against ‘Blacklisting’ Final Rule

On Oct. 24, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as the blacklisting rule, which was scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 25.

‘Blacklisting’ Final Rule Takes Effect

Under the new “blacklisting” rule, effective Oct. 25, federal contractors and subcontractors are required to disclose any violations of 14 federal labor laws and OSHA-approved state plans to an Agency Labor Compliance Advisor (ALCA). ALCA will perform an assessment of the violations and make a recommendation to the contracting officer about whether a federal contractor is responsible enough to be awarded a contract covered by this rule. 

Obama Administration Accelerates Anti-Business Labor Agenda

As the Obama administration nears its conclusion, federal labor agencies seem intent on issuing as many burdensome and anti-business regulations as possible. Many of the new rules are unprecedented in their scope and change decades of policies on which employers have come to rely. 

‘Ambush’ Election Rule Takes Effect

Under the final rule, the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place will be dramatically reduced from the current average of 38 days. The shortened time period for union elections will place a premium on employers’ rapid response to union organizing activity. 

State Lawmakers Seek Prevailing Wage Reform

Republicans in Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin are waging battles to remove or reform their states’ prevailing wage laws for workers on public projects, while legislators in Indiana, Nevada and West Virginia recently passed reforms. 

Wisconsin Enacts Right to Work Law

In March, Wisconsin became the 25th state to enact a Right to Work law, allowing all workers in the state to have a job without being forced to pay dues or fees to a labor union.

Missouri Changes Interpretation of Discrimination Under Workers’ Compensation Law

In April, the Supreme Court of Missouri changed its longstanding interpretation of what an employee must prove to establish wrongful discharge or other discrimination under Section 287.780 of its workers' compensation law.

U.S. District Court Rules Against Davis-Bacon Expansion

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision March 31 limiting the scope of the Davis-Bacon Act. In granting summary judgment to the District of Columbia and private developer CCDC Office LLC, Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) unprecedented ruling that the Davis-Bacon Act can be expanded to include privately funded projects.

Controversial ‘Ambush’ Election Rule Reissued; ‘Persuader’ Rule Imminent

If finalized, the reissued ambush election proposal would work hand-in-glove with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed persuader rule, which is expected to be released later this year.

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