NOTICE: The Department’s proposed rule, “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors,” published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2021. See 86 FR 38816.

The Department proposes regulations to implement Executive Order 14026, “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors,” which was signed by President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on April 27, 2021. Executive Order 14026 states that the Federal Government’s procurement interests in economy and efficiency are promoted when the Federal Government contracts with sources that adequately compensate their workers. The Executive Order therefore seeks to raise the hourly minimum wage paid by those contractors to workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts to $15.00 per hour, beginning January 30, 2022; and beginning January 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor (Secretary). The Executive Order directs the Secretary to issue regulations by November 24, 2021, consistent with applicable law, to implement the Order’s requirements. This proposed rule therefore establishes standards and procedures for implementing and enforcing the minimum wage protections of Executive Order 14026.

The Department encourages interested parties to submit comments on this proposal by 11:59 PM ET on August 23, 2021. Anyone who submits a comment (including duplicate comments) should understand and expect that the comment, including any personal information provided, will become a matter of public record and will be posted without change to www.regulations.gov. WHD posts comments gathered and submitted by a third-party organization as a group under a single document ID number on https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.