Federal Contract Workers|Get Right of First Refusal

     WASHINGTON (CN) – Employees under a predecessor federal government service contract must be offered positions for which they are qualified, at the location from which they would be terminated at the beginning of a successor contract, according to a new Department of Labor regulation.
     The regulation adds this requirement to government service contracts and solicitations for service contracts for replacing the same or similar services at the same location.
     The employees potentially being terminated would get a right of first refusal for the positions.
     The new regulation, whose effective date has yet to be determined, implements President Barack Obama’s 2009 Executive Order 13495, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts.
     When a service contract expires and a follow-on contract is awarded for the same or similar services at the same location, it is in the government’s interests in economy and efficiency for a successor contractor to hire the predecessor’s employees, according to the order. A carryover workforce reduces disruption during the transition between contractors and provides the government the benefits of an experienced and trained workforce that is familiar with the government personnel, facilities, and requirements, according to the president’s order.
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