The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection with federal contracts will increase from $10.95 to $11.25 per hour effective January 1, 2022. Federal contracts that are entered into on or after January 30, 2022, or that are renewed or extended on or after January 30, 2022, will be generally subject to a higher minimum wage rate of $15.00 per hour.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against an employer that allegedly denied accommodation for telework in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”). Currently, the case is the only lawsuit the EEOC has filed concerning a request for an ADA accommodation related to COVID-19. The suit is a challenge to the typical posture of courts that frequently consider working from home to be an unreasonable accommodation. It remains to be seen whether courts will be more amenable to requiring remote work as a reasonable accommodation for disabilities.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.4 percent from July to August. This result stems from an increase of 0.6 percent in average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.3 percent in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Real average hourly earnings decreased 0.9 percent from August 2020 to August 2021.
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