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Labor Dept Issues Final Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Pay $15 Minimum Wage


n Monday, the Biden administration announced its final rule directing federal contractors to pay their workers a $15 minimum wage starting next year.

The rule, promulgated by the Labor Department, follows a directive from President Biden issued shortly after Inauguration Day and builds on a prior Obama-era regulation. After issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking in July, the department received about 245 comments from the public. No significant changes were made in the final rule from what was proposed, said Jessica Looman, acting administrator of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, on a briefing call with reporters on Monday.

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