Failing to get a divided Congress to buy into his agenda, President Obama has lifted his pen again to penalize those who deal with the federal government as contractors.

Henceforth (after Jan. 1, 2016, anyway), those seeking federal contracts of at least $500,000 will have to reveal labor law violations dating back three years.

Dubbed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, the document potentially affects some 24,000 businesses with 28 million workers operating under federal contracts, provided they seek new federal contracts.

House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) was quick to label the action a sign of "weakness" that the president couldn't cooperate with Congress.

For a more thorough understanding of the nation's wage-and-hour and other workplace regulations, please consult Personnel Concepts' FLSA Compliance Program.