November 10, 2022

On Jan. 21, 2022, The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance to officially implement a $15 minimum wage for federal employees — this follows President Biden’s January 2021 executive order asking the OPM director to provide recommendations on promoting a $15/hour minimum wage for federal employees. In April 2021, President Biden signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay a $15 hourly minimum wage to workers for new federal contract solicitations starting Jan. 30, 2022. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued final implementation rules on Nov. 22, 2021 and a Field Assistance Bulletin on Jan. 13, 2022. House and Senate Democrats also introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 to progressively increase the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2025. Several states have already taken action to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15/hour for most employees. To help employers prepare and address related issues, this roundup provides links to federal and state resources from organizations, government websites, third-party resources and news articles.

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Fiona Webster
by Fiona Webster

Principal, Mercer’s Law & Policy Group

Stephanie Rosseau
by Stephanie Rosseau

Principal, Mercer’s Law & Policy Group

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