President Obama Signs Executive Order Including People with Disabilities in Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contract Workers
February 12, 2014, marked a historic day in the economic advancement of all people with disabilities when President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors, including workers with disabilities, to $10.10/hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2015. Current law permits workers with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage under certain specialized certificate programs such as Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act; the executive order extends $10.10/hour wage protections to all individuals, including workers with disabilities, working under federal contracts (e.g., service, concessions, etc.). This executive order will be applied to all new and replacement federal contracts.
At a time when nearly 1 in 3 Americans with disabilities lives in poverty, among the highest poverty rate of any underserved population in America, the Obama Administration’s executive order gives federal contract workers with and without disabilities an opportunity to build more secure financial futures for themselves and their families and promote economic advancement. Learn more about the executive order in this fact sheet issued by the White House.