The controversial rule, which took effect on Oct. 25, requires some current and prospective contractors working on covered contracts to disclose to the Department of Labor certain write-ups from federal regulators. Among the write-ups that must now be disclosed are wage and hour violations, Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration citations and complaints issued by National Labor Relations Board regional officers — even if these violations are being appealed.
The rule directs officers called Agency Labor Compliance Advisors, or ALCAs, to consider these violations — as well as any mitigating factors and remediation undertaken — before a contract can be awarded. So if a company has violations on its record, it had better have a case prepared for why its violations shouldn’t worry regulators.
And subcontractors aren’t off the hook — the new rule requires them to disclose their violations to the DOL as well. From here, the subcontractor must relay any response it gets from the Labor Department.
The rule will hit only those contractors on contracts worth $50 million or more at first, but will be expanded to contractors on contracts worth $500,000 in April. Contractors will at first only have to report as far back as a year, but this will soon expand to three years.