If you're just coming in to this series, you may want to start with Parts 1, 2, and 3.
- Part 1 - Comments from the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) - Endorse
- Part 2 - Comments from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) - Oppose
- Part 3 - Comments from the American Bar Association - Oppose
The Leadership Conference stated that under current regulations, contractors that violate workplace laws have little incentive to come into compliance and companies with the most egregious violations of these laws continue to receive federal contracts. It cites as support for this claim, a 2013 Senate report showing the government awarded $81 billion in federal contracts in a single year to companies with the most egregious violations of wage and workplace safety laws.
The Leadership Conference also made some recommendations to "enhance" the proposed regulations. For example, it proposes to extend the rules to all employees of a company, not just those working on Government contracts (Actually, the regulations apply to contractors, not employees. Violations affecting non-Government contract employees are to be reported as well as those affecting employees working on Government contracts.)
The Leadership Conference wants to add "physical assault" by any employee against any other employee of the company to the list of unlawful harassment. It seems to us that a lot of physical assaults occurring in the workplace are well beyond violations of labor laws. They also want to significantly narrow the definitions of willful violations, repeated violations, and pervasive violations; lowering the bar for reporting violations.
Like many other respondents, both for and against the regulations, the Leadership Conference believes that the information regarding violations be made publicly available. Publicizing violations will increase incentives for contractors to comply with labor laws.