Kicking off the new year, the Department of Labor has announced Executive Order 13495, “Non-displacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts,” will go into effect on January 18, 2013. 

Under Executive Order 13495, when a new contract succeeds an existing government service contract, the contractors and subcontractors under the new contract are required to offer the predecessor contractors’ employees a right of first refusal of employment.  This is a required obligation, however, only if the work performed by the employees under the new contract is the same or similar and at the same location as the work under the prior contract.

For more information about the implementation of Executive Order 13495, including compliance tips for affected contractors, check out the Jackson Lewis Workplace Resource Center.