Minimum Wage on Federal Contracts
An executive order establishing a minimum wage for contractors was signed by President Obama on February 12, 2014. This executive order raises the minimum wage for contractors working on Federal construction and service contracts to $10.15. This rate must be paid to workers performing work on or in connection with covered contracts beginning January 1, 2016.
States have now passed laws protecting against discrimination of pregnant or nursing women in the workplace. Each state has their own protections that are specific to different types of employers. Many states have also opted to provide accommodations for pregnant women.
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Balancing family responsibilities and our jobs has become increasingly complicated with both parents working full time in the majority of households. Often times employees come to work when they, or a family member, are sick because they feel they are unable to miss work without pay. Several states have now passed the paid family and medical leave laws. California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey are the first states to give employees paid leave to care for themselves or family members so they do not have to worry about being affected financially because of missing work. Other states are sure to follow suit as the “Lead on Leave” campaign becomes more well known.
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Considered to be an invasion of privacy, twenty-one states have now passed laws that apply to an employers restricted use of social media to check out their employees. Research has shown that employers that research their candidates on social media sites often discriminate based off information found on the sites. This information would not generally be known to the employer (religion, children, sexual preferences), and the candidate is then not viewed based on their educational or work credentials. Also, thirteen educational institutions have now made it illegal to ask for access to students’ social media account.
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Minimum wage rates throughout the country are at an all-time high. Over 50% of the States in the U.S. now pay a higher minimum wage rate than the federal rate. The federal minimum wage rate sits at $7.25 per hour. Two states, Wyoming and Georgia are still behind, paying below the federal rate. That’s good news for employees and consumers. Are you curious about which states pay at a federal level or higher?
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