Biden Sets $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

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Biden Sets $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

President Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal contractors starting in 2022.

Today, President Biden is issuing an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to hundreds of thousands of their employees. These workers are critical to the functioning of federal government, from cleaning professionals and maintenance workers to nursing assistants who care for the nation’s veterans to cafeteria and other food service workers, who ensure we all have healthy and nutritious food to eat, to laborers who build and repair federal infrastructure. The executive order will increase the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 in new and renewed contracts and contract options starting in January 2022 — this increase must be implemented by March 30th, 2022; continue to index the minimum wage to an inflation measure so it keeps up the cost of living — with the cost of living; eliminate the tipped minimum wage for federal contractors by 2024; ensure a $15 minimum wage for federal contractors with disabilities.

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