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DOL Publishes Guidance on $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees

On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2022-1 to help federal contractors understand and implement a $15 minimum wage rate for their employees by Jan. 30, 2022, as required by Executive Order (EO) 14026.

Federal Contractor Employee Minimum Wage

Existing law requires federal contractors to pay at least the established minimum wage rate to workers performing work on or in connection with certain covered federal contracts for construction or services. EO 13658 authorized the DOL to adjust the applicable minimum wage rate annually based on inflation. The Jan. 1, 2022, EO 13658 minimum wage rate is $11.25 ($7.90 for tipped workers).

Increase to $15 per hour

EO 14026 raises the hourly minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection with certain covered federal contracts for construction or services. EO 14026 establishes an initial minimum wage of $15 ($10.50 for tipped workers) as of Jan. 30, 2022. This rate will also be adjusted annually based on inflation. EO 14026 shares many similarities with EO 13658 but has some key differences relating to coverage and applicability. The DOL has published a final rule to implement the provisions of EO 14026.

FAB 2022-1

Federal contractors can use FAB 2022-1 to learn more about who is covered by EO 14026 and the $15 minimum wage as well as employee notice, recordkeeping and antiretaliation requirements

By |January 17th, 2022|Compliance, Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Legislation|Comments Off on DOL Publishes Guidance on $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees

Legal Update-6th Circuit Dissolves 5th Circuits Stay of OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine ETS; OSHA Intends to Move Forward with Enforcement

 

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to dissolve the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). OSHA announced it intends to move forward with implementation of the ETS and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the ETS before January 10 (which is now the deadline for employers to, among other things, develop their written COVID-19 vaccination policies). Further, if an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with ensuring its employees are fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing, OSHA will not issue citations for any employees who are not fully vaccinated before (or if the employer is not testing prior to) February 9, 2022. While petitioners have already appealed to the United States Supreme Court (Supreme Court), it is unclear at this time whether the Supreme Court will grant certiorari to review the decision or, if it does grant certiorari, whether it will overturn the decision.

By |December 21st, 2021|Broad Reach Benefits, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Communications, Human Resources, Legislation, Medical|Comments Off on Legal Update-6th Circuit Dissolves 5th Circuits Stay of OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine ETS; OSHA Intends to Move Forward with Enforcement

OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Stayed By 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

President Biden announced that he ordered OSHA to develop an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that would require private employers with 100 or more employees to mandate that employees either receive one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.  On November 5, 2021, OSHA published its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which included a summary, fact sheet, and FAQs.  The ETS was immediately challenged by a number of petitioners, including states and private companies, seeking to permanently enjoin enforcement of the ETS.  On November 6, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (the 5th Circuit), temporarily stayed enforcement of the ETS pending briefing by the parties and expedited judicial review.

After completing its expedited review, on November 12, 2021, the 5th Circuit affirmed its initial stay, holding that petitioners met all four factors to establish the need for further stay, and ordered OSHA to take no further steps to implement or enforce the ETS pending adequate judicial review of the request for permanent injunction.  The U.S. Department of Justice disagreed that an immediate stay was necessary given that a “multi-circuit lottery” will occur on or about November 16, after which all lawsuits challenging the ETS will be heard by one federal appeals court.

OSHA ETS

As a reminder, the ETS requires employers with 100 or more employees to develop and implement a mandatory, written COVID-19 vaccination policy by December 5, 2021, or a written policy requiring employees to either be vaccinated or produce a negative COVID-19 test result and wear a face covering at work. Employers are required to begin enforcing the policy on January 4, 2022, meaning most employees of covered employers would …

By |November 17th, 2021|Broad Reach Benefits, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Adviser, Human Resources, Medical, Wellness|Comments Off on OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Stayed By 5th Circuit Court of Appeals