Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Rate Change in Effect as of January 1, 2020, 49345-49348 [2019-19673]

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[FR Doc. 2019–20213 Filed 9–18–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–79–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Wage and Hour Division Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Rate Change in Effect as of January 1, 2020 Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (the Department) is issuing this notice to announce the applicable minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in connection with federal contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors (the Executive Order or the Order), beginning January 1, 2020. Beginning on that date, the Executive Order minimum wage rate that generally must be paid to workers performing work on or in connection with covered contracts will increase to $10.80 per hour, while the required minimum cash wage that generally must be paid to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1 49346 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 182 / Thursday, September 19, 2019 / Notices tipped employees performing work on or in connection with covered contracts will increase to $7.55 per hour. DATES: These new rates shall take effect on January 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy DeBisschop, Acting Director, Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S– 3502, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–0406 (this is not a toll-free number). Copies of this notice may be obtained in alternative formats (Large Print, Braille, Audio Tape, or Disc), upon request, by calling (202) 693–0023 (not a toll-free number). TTY/TTD callers may dial toll-free (877) 889–5627 to obtain information or request materials in alternative formats. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Executive Order 13658 Background and Requirements for Determining Annual Increases to the Minimum Wage Rate The Executive Order was signed on February 12, 2014, and raised the hourly minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015, with annual adjustments thereafter in an amount determined by the Secretary pursuant to the Order. See 79 FR 9851. The Executive Order directed the Secretary to issue regulations to implement the Order’s requirements. See 79 FR 9852. Accordingly, after engaging in noticeand-comment rulemaking, the Department published a Final Rule on October 7, 2014 to implement the Executive Order. See 79 FR 60634. The final regulations, set forth at 29 CFR part 10, established standards and procedures for implementing and enforcing the minimum wage protections of the Order. The Executive Order and its implementing regulations require the Secretary to determine the applicable minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in connection with covered contracts on an annual basis, beginning January 1, 2016. See 79 FR 9851; 29 CFR 10.1(a)(2), 10.5(a)(2), 10.12(a). Sections 2(a) and (b) of the Order establish the methodology that the Secretary must use to determine the annual inflation-based increases to the minimum wage rate. See 79 FR 9851. These provisions, which are implemented in 29 CFR 10.5(b)(2), explain that the applicable minimum wage determined by the Secretary for each calendar year shall be: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Sep 18, 2019 Jkt 247001 • Not less than the amount in effect on the date of such determination; • Increased from such amount by the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W) (United States city average, all items, not seasonally adjusted), or its successor publication, as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); and • Rounded to the nearest multiple of $0.05. Section 2(b) of the Executive Order further provides that, in calculating the annual percentage increase in the CPI– W for purposes of determining the new minimum wage rate, the Secretary shall compare such CPI–W for the most recent month, quarter, or year available (as selected by the Secretary prior to the first year for which a minimum wage is in effect) with the CPI–W for the same month in the preceding year, the same quarter in the preceding year, or the preceding year, respectively. See 79 FR 9851. To calculate the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, the Department elected in its Final Rule implementing the Executive Order to compare such CPI–W for the most recent year available with the CPI–W for the preceding year. See 29 CFR 10.5(b)(2)(iii). In its Final Rule, the Department explained that it decided to compare the CPI–W for the most recent year available (instead of using the most recent month or quarter, as allowed by the Order) with the CPI–W for the preceding year, ‘‘to minimize the impact of seasonal fluctuations on the Executive Order minimum wage rate.’’ 79 FR 60666. Once a determination has been made with respect to the new minimum wage rate, the Executive Order and its implementing regulations require the Secretary to notify the public of the applicable minimum wage rate on an annual basis at least 90 days before any new minimum wage takes effect. See 79 FR 9851; 29 CFR 10.5(a)(2), 10.12(c)(1). The regulations explain that the Administrator of the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (the Administrator) will publish an annual notice in the Federal Register stating the applicable minimum wage rate at least 90 days before any new minimum wage takes effect. See 29 CFR 10.12(c)(2)(i). Additionally, the regulations state that the Administrator will provide notice of the Executive Order minimum wage rate on Wage Determinations OnLine (WDOL), http://www.wdol.gov, or any successor site; 1 on all wage 1 Earlier this year, WDOL.gov moved to beta.SAM.gov and is now known as Wage Determinations. The beta.SAM.gov website is the PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 determinations issued under the DavisBacon Act (DBA), 40 U.S.C. 3141 et seq., and the Service Contract Act (SCA), 41 U.S.C. 6701 et seq.; and by other means the Administrator deems appropriate. See 29 CFR 10.12(c)(2)(ii)–(iv). Section 3 of the Executive Order requires contractors to pay tipped employees covered by the Order performing on or in connection with covered contracts an hourly cash wage of at least $4.90, beginning on January 1, 2015, provided the employees receive sufficient tips to equal the Executive Order minimum wage rate under section 2 of the Order when combined with the cash wage. See 79 FR 9851–52; 29 CFR 10.28(a). The Order further provides that, in each succeeding year, beginning January 1, 2016, the required cash wage must increase by $0.95 (or a lesser amount if necessary) until it reaches 70 percent of the Executive Order minimum wage. Id. For subsequent years, the cash wage for tipped employees will be 70 percent of the Executive Order minimum wage rounded to the nearest $0.05. Id. At all times, the amount of tips received by the employee must equal at least the difference between the cash wage paid and the Executive Order minimum wage; if the employee does not receive sufficient tips, the contractor must increase the cash wage paid so that the cash wage in combination with the tips received equals the Executive Order minimum wage. Id. The Executive Order minimum wage and the cash wage required for tipped employees are currently $10.60 and $7.40 per hour, respectively. The Department announced these rates on September 4, 2018, 83 FR 44906, and the rates took effect on January 1, 2019. II. The 2020 Executive Order Minimum Wage Rate Using the methodology set forth in the Executive Order and summarized above, the Department must first determine the annual percentage increase in the CPI– W (United States city average, all items, not seasonally adjusted), as published by BLS, to determine the new Executive Order minimum wage rate. In calculating the annual percentage increase in the CPI–W, the Department must compare the CPI–W for the most recent year available with the CPI–W for the preceding year. The Department therefore compares the percentage change in the CPI–W between the most recent year (i.e., the most recent four authoritative and single location for obtaining appropriate Service Contract Act and Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations for each official contract action. E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1 49347 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 182 / Thursday, September 19, 2019 / Notices quarters) and the prior year (i.e., the four quarters preceding the most recent year). The Department then increases the current Executive Order minimum wage rate by the resulting annual percentage change and rounds to the nearest multiple of $0.05. In order to determine the Executive Order minimum wage rate beginning January 1, 2020, the Department therefore calculated the CPI–W for the most recent year by averaging the CPI– W for the four most recent quarters, which consist of the first two quarters of 2019 and the last two quarters of 2018 (i.e., July 2018 through June 2019). The Department then compared that data to the average CPI–W for the preceding year, which consists of the first two quarters of 2018 and the last two quarters of 2017 (i.e., July 2017 through June 2018). Based on this methodology, the Department determined that the annual percentage increase in the CPI– W (United States city average, all items, not seasonally adjusted) was 2.036 percent. The Department then applied that annual percentage increase of 2.036 percent to the current Executive Order hourly minimum wage rate of $10.60, which resulted in a wage rate of $10.816 (($10.60 × 0.02036) + $10.60); however, pursuant to the Executive Order, that rate must be rounded to the nearest multiple of $0.05. The new Executive Order minimum wage rate that must generally be paid to workers performing on or in connection with covered contracts beginning January 1, 2020 is therefore $10.80 per hour. III. The 2020 Executive Order Minimum Cash Wage For Tipped Employees As noted above, section 3 of the Executive Order provides a methodology to determine the amount of the minimum hourly cash wage that must be paid to tipped employees performing on or in connection with covered contracts. Because the cash wage for tipped employees reached 70 percent of the Executive Order minimum wage beginning on January 1, 2018 (i.e., $7.25 per hour compared to $10.35 per hour), future updates to the cash wage for tipped employees must continue to set the rate at 70 percent of the full Executive Order minimum wage. Seventy percent of the new Executive Order minimum wage rate of $10.80 is $7.56. Because the Executive Order provides that the rate must be rounded to the nearest $0.05, the new minimum hourly cash wage for tipped workers performing on or in connection with covered contracts beginning January 1, 2020 is therefore $7.55 per hour. IV. Appendices Appendix A to this notice provides a comprehensive chart of the CPI–W data Quarter 3 2017Q3 to 2018Q2 ......................................... 2018Q3 to 2019Q2 ......................................... Annual Percentage Increase .......................... 238.617 246.155 .............. 239.448 246.336 .............. Quarter 4 240.939 246.565 .............. 240.573 247.038 .............. 240.666 245.933 .............. published by BLS that the Department used to calculate the new Executive Order minimum wage rate based on the methodology explained herein. Appendix B to this notice sets forth an updated version of the Executive Order poster that the Department published with its Final Rule, reflecting the updated wage rates that will be in effect beginning January 1, 2020. See 79 FR 60732–33. Pursuant to 29 CFR 10.29, contractors are required to notify all workers performing on or in connection with a covered contract of the applicable minimum wage rate under the Executive Order. Contractors with employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act who are performing on or in connection with a covered contract may satisfy the notice requirement by displaying the poster set forth in Appendix B in a prominent or accessible place at the worksite. Dated: September 4, 2019. Cheryl M. Stanton, Administrator, Wage and Hour Division. Appendix A: Data Used To Determine Executive Order 13658 Minimum Wage Rate Effective January 1, 2020 Data Source: Consumer Price Index for Urban wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI–W) (United States city average, all items, not seasonally adjusted) Quarter 1 240.526 244.786 .............. 241.919 245.133 .............. 242.988 246.218 .............. Quarter 2 243.463 247.768 .............. 244.607 249.332 .............. Appendix B: Updated Version of the Executive Order 13658 Poster jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4510–27–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Sep 18, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1 245.770 249.871 .............. Annual average 246.196 249.747 .............. 242.1427 247.0735 2.036% 49348 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 182 / Thursday, September 19, 2019 / Notices MINIMUM WAGE TIPS EXCLUSIONS ENFORCEMENT [FR Doc. 2019–19673 Filed 9–18–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–27–C Board Room, 7th Floor, Room 7047, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314–3428. PLACE: NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION Sunshine Act Meeting STATUS: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2019. TIME AND DATE: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Sep 18, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Closed. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1 EN19SE19.025</GPH> jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Wage and Hour Division


Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Rate 
Change in Effect as of January 1, 2020

AGENCY: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of 
Labor (the Department) is issuing this notice to announce the 
applicable minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in 
connection with federal contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, 
Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors (the Executive Order or the 
Order), beginning January 1, 2020. Beginning on that date, the 
Executive Order minimum wage rate that generally must be paid to 
workers performing work on or in connection with covered contracts will 
increase to $10.80 per hour, while the required minimum cash wage that 
generally must be paid to

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tipped employees performing work on or in connection with covered 
contracts will increase to $7.55 per hour.

DATES: These new rates shall take effect on January 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy DeBisschop, Acting Director, 
Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour 
Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-0406 (this is not 
a toll-free number). Copies of this notice may be obtained in 
alternative formats (Large Print, Braille, Audio Tape, or Disc), upon 
request, by calling (202) 693-0023 (not a toll-free number). TTY/TTD 
callers may dial toll-free (877) 889-5627 to obtain information or 
request materials in alternative formats.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Executive Order 13658 Background and Requirements for Determining 
Annual Increases to the Minimum Wage Rate

    The Executive Order was signed on February 12, 2014, and raised the 
hourly minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection 
with covered federal contracts to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 
2015, with annual adjustments thereafter in an amount determined by the 
Secretary pursuant to the Order. See 79 FR 9851. The Executive Order 
directed the Secretary to issue regulations to implement the Order's 
requirements. See 79 FR 9852. Accordingly, after engaging in notice-
and-comment rulemaking, the Department published a Final Rule on 
October 7, 2014 to implement the Executive Order. See 79 FR 60634. The 
final regulations, set forth at 29 CFR part 10, established standards 
and procedures for implementing and enforcing the minimum wage 
protections of the Order.
    The Executive Order and its implementing regulations require the 
Secretary to determine the applicable minimum wage rate for workers 
performing work on or in connection with covered contracts on an annual 
basis, beginning January 1, 2016. See 79 FR 9851; 29 CFR 10.1(a)(2), 
10.5(a)(2), 10.12(a). Sections 2(a) and (b) of the Order establish the 
methodology that the Secretary must use to determine the annual 
inflation-based increases to the minimum wage rate. See 79 FR 9851. 
These provisions, which are implemented in 29 CFR 10.5(b)(2), explain 
that the applicable minimum wage determined by the Secretary for each 
calendar year shall be:
     Not less than the amount in effect on the date of such 
determination;
     Increased from such amount by the annual percentage 
increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and 
Clerical Workers (CPI-W) (United States city average, all items, not 
seasonally adjusted), or its successor publication, as determined by 
the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); and
     Rounded to the nearest multiple of $0.05.
    Section 2(b) of the Executive Order further provides that, in 
calculating the annual percentage increase in the CPI-W for purposes of 
determining the new minimum wage rate, the Secretary shall compare such 
CPI-W for the most recent month, quarter, or year available (as 
selected by the Secretary prior to the first year for which a minimum 
wage is in effect) with the CPI-W for the same month in the preceding 
year, the same quarter in the preceding year, or the preceding year, 
respectively. See 79 FR 9851. To calculate the annual percentage 
increase in the CPI-W, the Department elected in its Final Rule 
implementing the Executive Order to compare such CPI-W for the most 
recent year available with the CPI-W for the preceding year. See 29 CFR 
10.5(b)(2)(iii). In its Final Rule, the Department explained that it 
decided to compare the CPI-W for the most recent year available 
(instead of using the most recent month or quarter, as allowed by the 
Order) with the CPI-W for the preceding year, ``to minimize the impact 
of seasonal fluctuations on the Executive Order minimum wage rate.'' 79 
FR 60666.
    Once a determination has been made with respect to the new minimum 
wage rate, the Executive Order and its implementing regulations require 
the Secretary to notify the public of the applicable minimum wage rate 
on an annual basis at least 90 days before any new minimum wage takes 
effect. See 79 FR 9851; 29 CFR 10.5(a)(2), 10.12(c)(1). The regulations 
explain that the Administrator of the Department's Wage and Hour 
Division (the Administrator) will publish an annual notice in the 
Federal Register stating the applicable minimum wage rate at least 90 
days before any new minimum wage takes effect. See 29 CFR 
10.12(c)(2)(i). Additionally, the regulations state that the 
Administrator will provide notice of the Executive Order minimum wage 
rate on Wage Determinations OnLine (WDOL), http://www.wdol.gov, or any 
successor site; \1\ on all wage determinations issued under the Davis-
Bacon Act (DBA), 40 U.S.C. 3141 et seq., and the Service Contract Act 
(SCA), 41 U.S.C. 6701 et seq.; and by other means the Administrator 
deems appropriate. See 29 CFR 10.12(c)(2)(ii)-(iv).
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    \1\ Earlier this year, WDOL.gov moved to beta.SAM.gov and is now 
known as Wage Determinations. The beta.SAM.gov website is the 
authoritative and single location for obtaining appropriate Service 
Contract Act and Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations for each 
official contract action.
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    Section 3 of the Executive Order requires contractors to pay tipped 
employees covered by the Order performing on or in connection with 
covered contracts an hourly cash wage of at least $4.90, beginning on 
January 1, 2015, provided the employees receive sufficient tips to 
equal the Executive Order minimum wage rate under section 2 of the 
Order when combined with the cash wage. See 79 FR 9851-52; 29 CFR 
10.28(a). The Order further provides that, in each succeeding year, 
beginning January 1, 2016, the required cash wage must increase by 
$0.95 (or a lesser amount if necessary) until it reaches 70 percent of 
the Executive Order minimum wage. Id. For subsequent years, the cash 
wage for tipped employees will be 70 percent of the Executive Order 
minimum wage rounded to the nearest $0.05. Id. At all times, the amount 
of tips received by the employee must equal at least the difference 
between the cash wage paid and the Executive Order minimum wage; if the 
employee does not receive sufficient tips, the contractor must increase 
the cash wage paid so that the cash wage in combination with the tips 
received equals the Executive Order minimum wage. Id.
    The Executive Order minimum wage and the cash wage required for 
tipped employees are currently $10.60 and $7.40 per hour, respectively. 
The Department announced these rates on September 4, 2018, 83 FR 44906, 
and the rates took effect on January 1, 2019.

II. The 2020 Executive Order Minimum Wage Rate

    Using the methodology set forth in the Executive Order and 
summarized above, the Department must first determine the annual 
percentage increase in the CPI-W (United States city average, all 
items, not seasonally adjusted), as published by BLS, to determine the 
new Executive Order minimum wage rate. In calculating the annual 
percentage increase in the CPI-W, the Department must compare the CPI-W 
for the most recent year available with the CPI-W for the preceding 
year. The Department therefore compares the percentage change in the 
CPI-W between the most recent year (i.e., the most recent four

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quarters) and the prior year (i.e., the four quarters preceding the 
most recent year). The Department then increases the current Executive 
Order minimum wage rate by the resulting annual percentage change and 
rounds to the nearest multiple of $0.05.
    In order to determine the Executive Order minimum wage rate 
beginning January 1, 2020, the Department therefore calculated the CPI-
W for the most recent year by averaging the CPI-W for the four most 
recent quarters, which consist of the first two quarters of 2019 and 
the last two quarters of 2018 (i.e., July 2018 through June 2019). The 
Department then compared that data to the average CPI-W for the 
preceding year, which consists of the first two quarters of 2018 and 
the last two quarters of 2017 (i.e., July 2017 through June 2018). 
Based on this methodology, the Department determined that the annual 
percentage increase in the CPI-W (United States city average, all 
items, not seasonally adjusted) was 2.036 percent. The Department then 
applied that annual percentage increase of 2.036 percent to the current 
Executive Order hourly minimum wage rate of $10.60, which resulted in a 
wage rate of $10.816 (($10.60 x 0.02036) + $10.60); however, pursuant 
to the Executive Order, that rate must be rounded to the nearest 
multiple of $0.05.
    The new Executive Order minimum wage rate that must generally be 
paid to workers performing on or in connection with covered contracts 
beginning January 1, 2020 is therefore $10.80 per hour.

III. The 2020 Executive Order Minimum Cash Wage For Tipped Employees

    As noted above, section 3 of the Executive Order provides a 
methodology to determine the amount of the minimum hourly cash wage 
that must be paid to tipped employees performing on or in connection 
with covered contracts. Because the cash wage for tipped employees 
reached 70 percent of the Executive Order minimum wage beginning on 
January 1, 2018 (i.e., $7.25 per hour compared to $10.35 per hour), 
future updates to the cash wage for tipped employees must continue to 
set the rate at 70 percent of the full Executive Order minimum wage. 
Seventy percent of the new Executive Order minimum wage rate of $10.80 
is $7.56. Because the Executive Order provides that the rate must be 
rounded to the nearest $0.05, the new minimum hourly cash wage for 
tipped workers performing on or in connection with covered contracts 
beginning January 1, 2020 is therefore $7.55 per hour.

IV. Appendices

    Appendix A to this notice provides a comprehensive chart of the 
CPI-W data published by BLS that the Department used to calculate the 
new Executive Order minimum wage rate based on the methodology 
explained herein. Appendix B to this notice sets forth an updated 
version of the Executive Order poster that the Department published 
with its Final Rule, reflecting the updated wage rates that will be in 
effect beginning January 1, 2020. See 79 FR 60732-33. Pursuant to 29 
CFR 10.29, contractors are required to notify all workers performing on 
or in connection with a covered contract of the applicable minimum wage 
rate under the Executive Order. Contractors with employees covered by 
the Fair Labor Standards Act who are performing on or in connection 
with a covered contract may satisfy the notice requirement by 
displaying the poster set forth in Appendix B in a prominent or 
accessible place at the worksite.

    Dated: September 4, 2019.
Cheryl M. Stanton,
Administrator, Wage and Hour Division.

Appendix A: Data Used To Determine Executive Order 13658 Minimum Wage 
Rate Effective January 1, 2020

    Data Source: Consumer Price Index for Urban wage Earners and 
Clerical Workers (CPI-W) (United States city average, all items, not 
seasonally adjusted)

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2017Q3 to 2018Q2............................................   238.617   239.448   240.939   240.573   240.666   240.526   241.919   242.988   243.463   244.607   245.770   246.196    242.1427
2018Q3 to 2019Q2............................................   246.155   246.336   246.565   247.038   245.933   244.786   245.133   246.218   247.768   249.332   249.871   249.747    247.0735
Annual Percentage Increase..................................  ........  ........  ........  ........  ........  ........  ........  ........  ........  ........  ........  ........      2.036%
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