Capitol Hill

A heavier burden

The regulatory onslaught against the business community by the Obama administration continues. The latest installment in what is expected to be a virtually never-ending array of new regulations before the end of President Obama's term in office is a so-called "blacklisting" rule that could have substantial consequences for NRCA members who conduct business with the federal government.

The order

In May, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that implements an executive order issued by President Obama in 2014 entitled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces." When the order was first issued, the president said it was intended to "crack down on federal contractors who put workers' safety and hard-earned pay at risk."

Although this certainly is a laudable goal, the reality is the new regulation likely will increase costs and provide new risks for employers.