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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Seasonal Recreational Services

WASHINGTON, DC – To prevent job losses and ensure affordable guided tours on federal lands, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order exempting seasonal outdoor guides and outfitters from Executive Order 13568 issued in 2014. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance to contracting agencies and the public regarding the President's action. The Department also announced its intention to undertake rulemaking to amend its regulations to reflect President Trump's Executive Order.

Seasonal recreational services include river running, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, mountaineering activities, recreational ski services, and youth camps. The exemption does not apply to lodging and food services, which generally involve more regular work schedules and normal amounts of overtime work.  

The Department is committed to ensuring that all job creators, contractors, contracting officials, unions, workers, and interested parties understand and comply with the wage and fringe benefit requirements that apply to federal and federally assisted contracts. For more information about government contract laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243).

Wage and Hour Division
July 13, 2018
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Media Contact: Eric Holland
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