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Just 10 days after taking office, President Obama signed Executive Order 13496, requiring all federal contractors and subcontractors to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), including their right to join and support unions, and to include in every contract, subcontract, and purchase order, a pledge to honor the employee notice requirements. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has now issued its final rule implementing the Executive Order, specifying how contractors and subcontractors must comply with those requirements, including a poster describing employees’ rights and how they can file claims with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the penalties employers will face if they fail to comply. The rule will take effect June 21, 2010.
Who Is Affected by Executive Order 13496?
Executive Order 13496 (“the Order”) affects contractors and subcontractors who contract or subcontract with a federal government agency and are covered under the NLRA. The Order does not apply to the federal government, state or local governments, labor unions, or employers who are covered by the Railway Labor Act. The Order also does not apply to prime contracts under the simplified acquisition threshold, currently set at $100,000, or subcontracts of $10,000 or less.
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