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President Biden Issues Executive Order Increasing Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees

President Biden has issued Executive Order 14026, which increases the minimum wage for workers on or in connection with a federal government contract to $15.00 as of January 30, 2022, with annual increases beginning in 2023 to account for inflation. The increase will only apply to new or renewed contracts beginning January 30, 2022.This Executive Order increases the minimum wage level set by President Obama’s 2014 Executive Order 13658, which has been set at $10.95 per hour since January 1, 2021. The Secretary of Labor must issue regulations by November 24, 2021 to implement the Executive Order.

EEOC Opens 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection

After postponing the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection on May 8, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection is now open. Each year, all covered employers must submit an EEO-1 Component 1 report, which consists of demographic workforce information, including data by race, ethnicity, sex, and job categories. Covered employers have until July 19, 2021,to submit their EEO-1 Component 1 Data from both 2019 and 2020. Covered employers should have received a 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 notification letter via U.S. mail and may now create user accounts using the “Company ID” and “Passcode” provided in the notification letter. Employers who have questions or who have not received a notification letter may reach out to EEOC’s Filer Support Team directly atFilerSupport@eeocdata.org.

DOL Recovers $834K in Unpaid Wages from FLSA Minimum Wage, OT Violations

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the settlement of reported FLSA minimum wage and overtime violations by employers in California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, recovering $834,114 in monetary relief for 510 workers. Employers were also assessed $209,575 in civil penalties for the willful nature of violations.
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