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Labor Dept. Rule Bans Pay Talk Discipline by Gov. Contractors

Joe Mont | September 14, 2015

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule prohibiting federal contractors from disciplining, firing, or discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the pay of their co-workers.

The rule applies to all federal contractors and subcontractors and contracts that exceed $10,000 in value and were “entered into or modified” on or after Jan. 11, the effective rule date.

The final rule, from the Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs builds upon Executive Order 13665, “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information,” issued by President Obama on April 8,...

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