SHRM Statement on End to Blacklisting Rule

Mar 27, 2017
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Today, President Trump signed a resolution striking down the blacklisting rule of the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, along with issuing his own order directing federal agencies to rescind any policies implementing the Obama directive.

Commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” the executive order would have required contractors and subcontractors who receive more than $500,000 in federal contracts to report to government agencies any violations of 14 separate federal labor laws and their state law equivalents for the past three years. 

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) issued this statement about today’s action:

“SHRM commends the House and Senate for passing, and President Trump for signing, a joint resolution to block implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673. 

“SHRM opposed the Obama executive order and its implementing regulations because of the unnecessary burdens they placed on employers and their punitive nature.

“While HR professionals diligently focus on compliance with federal and state laws, confusing and complex regulations — like many aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act — mean that even the best employers can run into compliance challenges.

“The federal government already has systems in place to ensure that employers who disregard federal laws are prevented from winning contracts. These regulations, however, would have unfairly denied many employers the opportunity to compete for federal contracts.”

Media: SHRM offers expertise on
• Regulation
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Resource: Principles for a 21st Century Workplace, which highlight the HR public policies that SHRM hopes to work on with the Trump administration and 115th Congress.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and or Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and

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