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WHD Publishes Final Rule Increasing Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage

On October 7, 2014, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule establishing standards and procedures to implement Executive Order 13658, entitled “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors.” 79 Fed. Reg. 60634. Executive Order 13658 increases the federal contractor minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and applies to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts with the federal government that result from solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2015, or to contracts that are awarded outside the solicitation process on or after January 1, 2015.

It's Official: $10.10 Minimum Wage For Government Contractors

The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) published final regulations implementing President Obama’s Executive Order, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on government contracts. The new minimum wage will take effect January 1, 2015, and will be adjusted annually, as it is indexed to the consumer price index for urban wage earners. The new minimum wage will apply to some, but not all, employees working directly on covered federal contracts, and it will apply to many others who do not work on the contract but work “in connection” with it.

Higher Minimum Wage Coming For Government Contractors

Our partner Tom Rebel has prepared an overview of the U.S. Labor Department's final regulations "Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors" under Executive Order 13658.

WHD Publishes Final Rule Increasing Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage

On October 7, 2014, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule establishing standards and procedures to implement Executive Order 13658, entitled “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors.” 79 Fed. Reg. 60634. Executive Order 13658 increases the federal contractor minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and applies to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts with the federal government that result from solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2015, or to contracts that are awarded outside the solicitation process on or after January 1, 2015.

DOL Makes It Official: New FLSA Regulations Delayed Until 2015

Back in late May, we told you that the Department of Labor had released its required Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. The Agenda, which is not binding on the DOL, included several FLSA-related items. Most importantly, the DOL listed its plans to address the “white collar” overtime exemption regulations with proposed rules next month, in November 2014. The section, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees,” appears on page 56 and 57 of the Agenda. At the time, we predicted that “even with a short 30-day comment period and a quick turnaround on a final rule, the DOL is unlikely to have any new regulation in place before spring 2015.”

Health Law Alert: Department of Labor Delays FLSA Enforcement and Penalties Against Home Healthcare Companies

Employers in the home healthcare industry will be getting a brief delay in the enforcement of new regulations extending minimum wage and overtime requirements to home healthcare workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

USDOL Defers Enforcement Action On "Companionship" Changes

For some time now, we have followed the U.S. Labor Department's efforts to curtail the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(15) "companionship" exemption. Those efforts culminated in a Final Rule published in October 2013. The revisions will effectively eliminate the exemption in many current-day scenarios, primarily by making it unavailable to third-party employers such as home-care agencies.

Employers Get Limited Reprieve from Home Care Rule Enforcement

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has announced that it will hold off on bringing enforcement actions against employers for violating the new minimum wage and overtime requirements imposed by the controversial home care regulations that take effect on January 1, 2015. Issued over a year ago, the WHD rule eliminates the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime exemption for home care workers employed by home care agencies and other companies. The rule also significantly narrows the exemption for home care workers employed directly by the individuals or families receiving home care services.

Final Regulations Implementing Minimum Wage Increases on Federal Contractors

On October 1, 2014, the Department of Labor issued final regulations implementing Executive Order 13658 that raises the minimum wage for workers and tipped employees of federal contractors. The new minimum wages, which will be set at $10.10 for workers and $4.90 for tipped employees, will apply to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts with the federal government that result from solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2015, or to contracts that are awarded outside the solicitation process on or after January 1, 2015. Annual cost of living increases will begin on January 1, 2016.­

Are You Paying Home Health Workers Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime? If Not, It’s Time to Start

Traditionally, home health workers who have provided for the care, fellowship, and protection of persons who, because of their advanced age or physical or mental infirmity could not care for themselves, have been exempt from the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. These workers are exempt from these wage and hour protections under the “companionship” or “live-in domestic” services exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).