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Opponents of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Claim Cost Concerns in a Last Ditch Effort to Delay Final Implementation
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Opponents of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Claim Cost Concerns in a Last Ditch Effort to Delay Final Implementation

The final regulations will promise to help raise standards for American workers, ensure that taxpayers receive good value, and allow law-abiding businesses to compete on an even playing field.

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President Barack Obama’s administration is working to release final regulations this spring for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Once implemented, the order promises to help raise standards for the more than 1 in 5 Americans employed by companies that do business with the federal government, ensure that taxpayers receive good value, and allow law-abiding businesses that respect their workers to compete on an even playing field.

Yet some opponents continue to fight implementation of the order, claiming that its costs for businesses will be excessive. By taking a closer look at the costs and frequent use of similar programs, however, these critiques can be seen for what they really are: one more way to fight the implementation of an order helping to ensure that companies with egregious violations clean up their acts.

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Karla Walter

Senior Director, Employment Policy