Among the many Obama administration regulations that President-elect Trump plans to eviscerate could be the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule the Labor Department finalized in August.
Labor’s goal was to protect workers against abuses such as wage theft and health violations by instituting additional disclosure and reporting requirements for federal contractors concerning their compliance with 14 labor laws. Industry viewed the impact as a burdensome “blacklisting” of contractors whose reputations, in some cases, could suffer from unproven allegations of past worker abuse.
In October, a Texas district judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking parts of the rule in response to a suit brought by a chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. The judge decided that the rule’s reporting requirements reach beyond executive authority and are otherwise preempted by federal labor laws. She left only the paycheck transparency provisions intact to take effect Jan. 1, 2017.