Federal DOL Increases Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors; Updated EEOC and FLSA Workplace Posters
Posted on January 17, 2024 byChristina Palermo
State Update Overview
|Labor Law Update
|Federal Executive Order 14026; EEOC “Know Your Rights” and DOL “Employee Rights Under the FLSA” Posters
|Increased minimum wage and elimination of tip credit; Recently enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and Provide Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP)
|Mandatory or Non-Mandatory
|Federal Contractors Labor Law Poster
Under Executive Order 14026, the federal Department of Labor set forth an increase of the federal minimum wage and eliminated the tip credit for federal contractors.
Federal Worker Rights under Executive Order 14026 Update
- Minimum wage for federal contractors increased to $17.20 per hour effective January 1, 2024
- Elimination of tip credit toward federal contractor minimum wage
Effective June 27, 2023, the new Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” Poster to summarize the new law.
EEOC “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” Poster Updates
- Illegal employment discrimination on the bases of sex includes childbirth.
- Illegal employment discrimination includes interference, coercion, or threats related to exercising rights regarding disability discrimination or pregnancy accommodation.
- Failure to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition can be considered discriminatory.
- Discriminatory employment practice can include conduct that coerces, intimidates, threatens, or interferes with someone exercising their rights, or someone assisting or encouraging someone else to exercise rights, regarding disability discrimination (including accommodation) or pregnancy accommodation.
Effective April 28, 2023, the Provide Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP) extends the right to receive break time to pump and a private place to pump at work to more nursing employees. The federal Department of Labor (DOL) revised its “Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” poster to include changes from the new law.
DOL “Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” Poster Updates
- The section titled Nursing Mothers has been changed to Pump at Work.
- The right to break time to express breast milk previously only applied to employees subject to the overtime requirement under the FLSA (non-exempt employees). This reference has been removed.
- The revised poster clearly notes that narrow exemptions may apply to the pump at work requirements.
Federal Labor Law Poster Updates
Covered employers are required by federal law to display the new “Worker Rights Under Executive Order 14026”, “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal”, and “Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” posters along with other federally-mandated posting requirements where they are sufficiently accessible and viewable to all employees. These changes have been reflected in our Federal Contractors Labor Law Poster and require an immediate mandatory update. Failure to meet compliance requirements and display the updated poster could result in fines.
Order your Federal Contractor Labor Law Poster to include these new federal laws.
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