DOL Proposes Rule to Protect Federal Contractor Employees Right to Discuss Pay

If you’re a federal contractor and are tempted to clamp down on your employees’ talking among each other about their pay, don’t.

That’s forbidden under Executive Order 13665 signed in April by President Obama.

Now the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has put some meat on the bones of that executive order, publishing today proposed rules addressing pay secrecy. Under the proposal, federal contractors must allow employees to discuss their wages with one another except in two circumstances: the conversations would be disruptive, or the employee has access to the compensation information by virtue of their job duties (for example, HR professionals).

Contractors would have to publish these guidelines in employee manuals and handbooks.

To read the notice of proposed rulemaking, click here.


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