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Capitol Correspondence - 07.27.21

DOL Proposes Rule to Increase the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

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The U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new rule to establish standards and procedures to implement and enforce President Biden’s Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Executive Order.

Full text: Federal Register :: Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

Included in the new rule:

  • Increasing the minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts to $15 per hour beginning January 30, 2022.
  • Continuing to index the federal contract minimum wage in future years to an inflation measure.
  • Eliminate the tipped minimum wage for federal contract workers by 2024.
  • Ensuring a $15 minimum wage for workers with disabilities performing work on or in connection with covered contracts.
  • Restoring minimum wage protection to outfitters and guides operating on federal lands.

ANCOR is tracking this issue for policy intent and comparison as direct care wages are routinely funded below $15 per hour.

Written comments can be made by August 23, 2021 electronically at http://www.regulations.gov under the “submit a comment” tab or by regular mail to the Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Attn: Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 1235-AA41, Room S-352, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 2021.