Dawn Holiday Shares Advice for Private-Sector Employers Following Wage Hike for Federal Employees

January 21, 2022 | Mentions

Beginning January 30, 2022, federal civilian employees in the United States will be paid at least $15 per hour following a recent announcement by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In a Law360 Employment Authority article discussing the wage hike, Jackson Walker partner Dawn S. Holiday advised employers to consider their own wage increases and incentives.

“Private-sector employers need to start preparing now to embrace this change,” Dawn said. “If federal employees are now able to receive a minimum of $15 an hour, private employers will have to also think of increasing their employee pay to remain competitive.”

The wage increase for federal employees will take effect as federal contractors are set to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 ($10.50 for tipped workers) as a result of President Biden’s EO 14026. More information about the requirements of EO 14026 can be found by reading the Jackson Walker article “What Federal Contractors Need to Know About the New Minimum Wage Requirements.”

The Wage and Hour Division will host a free webinar on January 26 and January 27 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will include a video training on the order’s requirements followed by an interactive webinar with a live Q&A session. Those interested in attending can register here.

To read the full article from Law360 Employment Authority, view “Biden Admin. Details Federal Worker Wage Hike.” Please note a subscription is required to access the article.

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Dawn S. Holiday
Partner, Houston