DOL: Pay Discussions Protected Under Rules

Saying it is promoting pay transparency among federal contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor today issued a rule barring the policies of some federal contractors that have prevented their workers from discussing these issues. Under the rule, federal contractors and subcontractors may not fire or discriminate against employees for discussing, disclosing, or inquiring about their own pay or that of their co-workers. The rule also protects pay discussions by job applicants.

Under the rule, job applicants and employees of federal contractors and subcontractors may file a discrimination complaint with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs if they believe that their employer fired or otherwise discriminated against them for discussing, inquiring about, or disclosing their own compensation or that of others.

The final rule implements Executive Order 13665, signed by President Barack Obama on April 8, 2014.

DOL proposed the rule last September.

The rule will take effect 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Here’s DOL’s announcement.

 

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