June 15, 2014

Proposed rule would raise minimum wage for federal contract workers

From: Rock River Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fulfilling President Barack Obama’s commitment to make 2014 a year of action to strengthen the economy and grow the middle class, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has announced a proposed rule raising the minimum wage for workers on federal service and construction contracts to $10.10 per hour. The proposed rule implements Executive Order 13658, which was announced by the president Feb. 12.


In addition to the proposed rule the department issued for public comment, the Office of Management and Budget and the department jointly provided initial guidance to agencies on steps they should take to begin implementing the increased minimum wage in advance of the rule being finalized. By issuing this guidance, OMB and the department are asking agencies to take reasonable and legally permissible steps immediately to begin implementing the order, so that workers on federal contracts can benefit from wage increases as soon as possible after Jan. 1.

The department encourages all interested parties to view the proposed rule and submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov. The regulation identification number is 1235-AA10. Comments must be received within 30 days following publication in the Federal Register. The department will review comments received and issue a final rule by Oct. 1. More about the proposed rule and the joint guidance to federal agencies is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/nprm-eo13658/.

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