Today, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council (“FAR Council”) published the final rule regarding the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”), better known as the “blacklisting” rule.  The Order imposes a host of new obligations on government contractors with more than $500,000 in government contracts, including an obligation to report various labor law violations during the bid and proposal process, new pay transparency obligations, and restrictions on arbitration provisions.  We are currently in the process of reviewing the final rule, which including commentary is more than 500-pages, and will publish a substantive post shortly discussing the changes from the proposed rule, as well as what contractors need to know to prepare for the implementation of the rule.  In addition, you can sign up for our webinar here, which takes place on September 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EST.