October 20, 2014

Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year rebuttal to Republicans, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes. The move comes one day after House GOP lawmakers voted to sue Obama for allegedly misusing presidential powers.

Under the order, companies seeking large federal contracts will be barred from making workers sign agreements saying that an arbitrator, rather than a judge, gets to hear sexual assault or civil rights grievances and make binding decisions. The order also requires that workers be given information in each pay period to help them determine whether their paychecks are accurate, White House officials said.

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