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This summer, the Obama administration is expected to release final regulations for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The order helps ensure that all federal contractors comply with workplace laws, including health and safety standards, wage laws, and civil rights laws. Once implemented, the order promises to help raise standards for the more than one in five Americans employed by companies that do business with the federal government. It will also ensure that taxpayers receive good value for their investment and will allow law-abiding businesses that respect their workers to compete on an even playing field. While opponents claim the implementation of the order would be overly burdensome, new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund shows that at least 8 of the top-10 U.S. Department of Defense contractors already have experience reviewing their own contractors’ safety records—and some even go further than the order’s safety reporting requirements.
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