Increase in Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors with Disabilities
President Barack Obama has signed an Executive Order (EO) increasing the minimum wage for new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour, beginning January 1, 2015. The EO also changes the current law that allows federal contract workers with disabilities to be paid less than those without disabilities who are doing the same job. Under the Order, all federal contractors will be covered by minimum wage protections. Some examples of the hardworking people who would see their wages go up under this EO include nursing assistants providing care to our Veterans at nursing homes, concessions workers in National Parks, people serving food to our troops, and individuals with disabilities working to maintain the grounds on military bases.