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Federal Contractors’ Wage Increased

26 Oct


Update Applicable to:

All Federal contractors, except Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

What happened?

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice published in the Federal Register increasing the minimum wage for employees of certain federal contractors to $17.20 effective Jan. 1, 2024.

What are the details?

On April 21, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14026, which raised the minimum wage paid by certain government contractors to $15.00 as of Jan. 1, 2022, and beginning January 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor (Secretary). Under that executive order, the DOL issued a notice increasing the minimum hourly wage to $16.20 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2023, and to $17.20 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2024.

In addition to increasing the minimum wage to $17.20 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2024, the DOL also phased out the lower wage that previously applied to tipped employees under these federal contracts.

The new wage increase applies generally applies to workers performing work on or in connection with federal contracts that are entered into, renewed, or extended (pursuant to an option or otherwise) on or after January 30, 2022, in the following four categories:

I.                     Procurement contracts for construction covered by the Davis-Bacon Act.

II.                   Service contracts covered by the Service Contract Act.

III.                  Concessions contracts, including any concessions contracts excluded from the Service Contract Act by regulations at 29 CFR 4.133(b).

IV.                 Contracts in connection with federal property or lands and related to offering services for federal employees, their dependents, or the general public.

The exception to these increments are the contracts and subcontracts in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, because on September 26, 2023, a U.S. District Court Judge in the Southern District of Texas blocked the minimum wage requirements of the final rule implementing Executive Order 14026 in those states in an order.

For more information, please see the links below:

Law Firm articles: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4

Official Notice

DOL Final Rule


DOL Video

What do employers need to do?

Federal contractors should consult the resources provided above for further information and be prepared to comply with the new rate in January.

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