On October 24, 2016, one day before the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule was to go into effect, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction that places a nationwide hold on implementing the contracting portions of the “blacklisting” rule. The ruling was issued in a lawsuit filed by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Southeast Texas.
The injunction does not apply to the paycheck transparency requirements, which will still become effective January 1, 2017 for covered federal contractors and subcontractors.
In other news, Patricia Shiu, Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will leave the agency on November 6. Thomas M. Dowd , the OFCCP’s Deputy Director, will serve as Acting Director, effective November 7.