FINAL RULE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION SET TO TAKE EFFECT AND REQUIRE ADDITIONAL COMPLIANCE ACTIONS FOR CERTAIN CONTRACTORS
As of March 2, 2015, federal contractors now have to adhere to a new set of prohibitions and regulations related to human trafficking. The prohibitions and regulations stem from a final ruling issued on January 29, 2015, that aims to strengthen the Federal Acquisition Regulation’s (FAR) current provisions to prevent human trafficking. Government contractors and their employees are now explicitly prohibited from engaging in forms of human trafficking, using forced labor, destroying or denying access to identity or immigration documents, charging recruiting fees and numerous other actions associated with human trafficking and forced labor.The final ruling also now requires that government contractors implement an anti-human trafficking compliance plan and procedures to prevent human trafficking violations for any overseas contract valued at over $500,000. These new laws place stringent regulations on contractors and will hopefully deter federal contractors, their employees and subcontractors from engaging in human trafficking activities.
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