Brown Statement on DOL’s Guidance on Executive Order to Ensure Government Contractors Treat Workers Fairly

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today issued the following statement praising the Department of Labor (DOL) issuance of guidance on the implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which will require federal contractors and subcontractors to disclose labor law violations.

“We’ve seen what happens when federal contractors like Restaurant Associates don’t treat our workers fairly – employees are deprived of wages and protections that all our workers deserve,” said Brown. “This executive order will hold companies like Restaurant Associates and anyone who does business with the federal government accountable and improve the lives of millions of Americans who work for federal government contractors. I’m pleased the Department of Labor issued this guidance so we can improve oversight of contractors.”

Brown has worked to ensure the fair treatment of the Senate cafeteria and catering workers who are employed by Restaurant Associates. Last month, after DOL announced that Restaurant Associates and its subcontractor owed more than $1 million in back wages for misclassifying workers, Brown called for the termination of Restaurant Associates’ contract with the U.S. Senate.

Brown has supported efforts to combat wage, hour, health and safety violations among federal contractors. In March 2015, Brown joined a letter to the Department of Labor urging it to fully implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. In addition to disclosure of potential contractors’ labor violations, the order requires contractors to provide documentation of hours worked, overtime hours, pay, and any additions or deductions made to workers’ paychecks. Brown is the sponsor of the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, which would combat wage theft and require employers to provide regular, timely paychecks and paystubs.