The U.S. Secretary of Labor has announced that the new minimum wage applicable to most employees of Federal government contractors is $10.15. The new minimum wage rate becomes effective on January 1, 2016.
On September 11, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a final rule that prevents government contractors from having pay secrecy or confidentiality policies. Specifically, the rule prohibits discharging or otherwise discriminating against an employee or applicant because the employee or applicant inquired about, discussed, or disclosed the compensation of the employee or any other employee. But the rule allows contractors to require human resources personnel (who have access to employee compensation information as part of their job responsibilities) to keep such compensation information confidential.
Update: On Labor Day (September 7, 2015), President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring all government contractors to provide paid sick leave.
A Huntsville manufacturer, who did more than $2 million in business with the federal government during 2014, has been investigated and sanctioned by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13672, entitled “Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity,” adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of prohibited forms of employment discrimination. This Executive Order amended prior Executive Orders 11246 (President Johnson, 1965) and 11478 (President Nixon, 1969), which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.