Biden’s $15 minimum wage hike for federal agencies takes effect

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Federal agencies have been tasked with implementing President BidenJoe BidenUS tells UN Russia has list of Ukrainians ‘to kill or send to camps’: report Latest satellite images show shift in Russian military activity near Ukraine Biden agrees to meet Putin ‘in principle’ if Russia doesn’t invade Ukraine MOREFriday, the minimum wage of $15 an hour for government employees.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a memo to heads of executive departments and agencies, which provides guidance for adjusting employee pay rates to at least $15 per hour.

The OPM called it a “general policy” of the Biden-Harris administration that federal employees receive a minimum wage of $15. The rule is expected to take full effect Jan. 30, the Labor Department announced in November.

The higher salary will impact 70,000 workers mainly from the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, according to the OPM.

The memo also notes that the OPM created a task force to develop recommendations on the $15 minimum wage rule and found that “the vast majority” of the 2.2 million federal workers already earn a rate. pay of at least $15 an hour.

The rule follows an executive order signed by Biden in April to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors by $10.95 an hour, affecting all workers involved in covered federal contracts and applies to all 50 states and in Washington, DC.

Biden, in a statement in April, said the rule to raise the minimum wage “improves worker productivity and generates higher quality work by improving worker health, morale and effort; reduce absenteeism and staff turnover; and reducing supervision and training costs.

Democrats and unions have pushed for a similar increase in the minimum wage for all American workers, but no such action has been able to move in Congress. The national minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

–Updated at 8:51 a.m.

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