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Blacklisting Rule on the Chopping Block

In the past several weeks, both houses of Congress have voted to do away with the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, also known as the "blacklist rule." Once President Trump signs the resolution Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule will be gone.

The controversial rule, issued by the Obama Administration in August 2016, was based on a 2014 Executive Order by the same name.

The rule required federal contractors and subcontractors bidding on any federal contract worth more than $500,000 (with the exception of a few commercial off-the-shelf items) to disclose "violations" of labor laws that had occurred in the three years leading up to the contract bid, and required post-award updates every six months.

The dispute has been moot since last October, when a federal judge in Texas preliminarily enjoined the rule. It's been on hold ever since. President Trump's signature will end the blacklisting rule.

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