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November 4, 2008    DOL Home > ESA > OLMS > E.O. 13201 Information   

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Executive Order 13201 (E.O. 13201) requires Government contracts and subcontracts to include an employee notice clause requiring non-exempt Federal contractors and subcontractors to post notices informing their employees that they have certain rights related to union membership and use of union dues and fees under Federal law.

The clause does not have to be included in government contracts for purchases below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (currently $100,000). Also, certain contractors or work sites are exempt from the Executive Order. The posting requirement does not apply to:

  • Contractors with fewer than 15 employees,
  • Contractor establishments or construction work sites where no union has been formally recognized by the prime contractor or certified as the exclusive bargaining representative of the prime contractor's employees,
  • Contractor establishments where state law forbids enforcement of union-security clauses ("right-to-work" states), or
  • Work performed outside the United States that does not involve the recruitment or employment of workers within the United States.

Executive Order 13201

Final Rule Implementing Executive Order 13201 (PDF) (HTML)

The Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) will implement the Final Rule jointly. Complaints of violations may be filed with either office at 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210 or with any OLMS or OFCCP field office.

Obtaining copies of the Notice of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues Poster

The Notice of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues poster, in Adobe Reader (.pdf) format can be downloaded from the links below. If you are not able to download the poster, you can send a request to or call 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365). Contractors may also reproduce and use exact duplicate copies of the official poster.

The Notice of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues Poster (PDF)

Notificación A Los Empleados (Cartel) (PDF)

The Notice of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues for Contractors Subject to the Railway Labor Act Poster (PDF)

Questions About Executive Order 13201?

If you have questions that are not answered in the FAQs, call the Department of Labor's toll free number 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365) or send an email to

Executive Order 13201 - Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 06/20/05

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