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DOL Increases Federal Contractor Minimum Wage for 2016

In the latest development with the federal contractor minimum wage, the Department of Labor finalized a five-cent increase over the previous year’s rate.

As previously reported, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658 establishing a minimum wage for federal contractors in February 2014. Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum hourly wage for workers on covered contractors was $10.10 an hour. As part of the Executive Order, however, the Secretary of Labor was authorized to make annual increases based on inflation.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Supplemental “EEO is the Law” Posting Requirement Now in Effect

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a new “EEO is the Law” poster. Supplementing the already required Equal Employment Opportunity poster, the additional posting reflects a number of regulatory changes from the past several years.

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Latest Executive Order Requires Paid Sick Leave by Federal Contractors

September has been a busy month for regulatory and legal changes affecting federal contractors. In addition to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFFCP) releasing a supplemental “EEO is the Law” poster, President Obama recently issued Executive Order 13706 requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave.

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New Year, New Posting Requirement: Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increase Finalized

As promised in his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama has greenlighted a minimum wage increase for federal contract workers. The first step was the issuing of Executive Order 13658 – “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors” – in mid-February. Nearly ten months later and after careful review of feedback from interested stakeholders, the Department of Labor announced a final rule raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

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