Minimum Wage Rate Increases
Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced an increase in the minimum wage applicable to federal contractors for contracts that are covered by Executive Order 13658. Effective January 1, 2018, the new hourly minimum wage rate will be $10.35, up from the current hourly rate of $10.20. The minimum hourly wage rate for tipped employees will increase to $7.25.
Hurricane Relief Exemptions
The OFCCP also announced earlier this month “in the national interest presented by the destruction caused” by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria that it would be granting limited exemptions and waivers from some of the requirements for federal contractors under Executive order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act.
The OFCCP’s exemption and waivers are applicable to new supply and service and construction contracts specifically related to federal hurricane relief efforts and temporarily modify the requirements that federal contractors develop written affirmative action programs under OFCCP regulations. More detailed information about the OFCCP’s exemption and waivers for each hurricane can be found here: