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February 14, 2014

 

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America Outdoors Association Bulletin

Executive Order Raising Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Will Probably Apply to NPS Concessions Contracts 

Coast Guard Appointed Experts Ask for Validation of On-Water Paddling Standards

Executive Order Raising Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Will Probably Apply to NPS Concessions Contracts  

AOA's attorneys in DC think the President's Executive Order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will likely apply to NPS concessions contracts. We will get more details out after confirming the extent of applicability to those operating under federal authorizations. The minimum wage increase requires annual indexing for CPI.  Part of the text of the order can be found below. The order takes effect in 2015.

ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM WAGE FOR CONTRACTORS 

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, 40 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and in order to promote economy and efficiency in procurement by contracting with sources who adequately compensate their workers, it is hereby ordered as follows: 

Section 1. Policy. This order seeks to increase efficiency and cost savings in the work performed by parties who contract with the Federal Government by increasing to $10.10 the hourly minimum wage paid by those contractors. Raising the pay of low-wage workers increases their morale and the productivity and quality of their work, lowers turnover and its accompanying costs, and reduces supervisory costs. These savings and quality improvements will lead to improved economy and efficiency in Government procurement. 

Sec. 2. Establishing a minimum wage for Federal contractors and subcontractors. (a) Executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the extent permitted by law, ensure that new contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations (collectively referred to as "contracts"), as described in section 7 of this order, include a clause, which the contractor and any subcontractors shall incorporate into lower-tier subcontracts, specifying, as a condition of payment, that the minimum wage to be paid to workers, including workers whose wages are calculated pursuant to special certificates issued under 29 U.S.C. 214(c), in the performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder, shall be at least: 

(i) $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2015; and 

(ii) beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor (Secretary). The amount shall be published by the Secretary at least 90 days before such new minimum wage is to take effect and shall be: 

(A) not less than the amount in effect on the date of such determination; 

(B) increased from such amount by the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (United States city average, all items, not seasonally adjusted), or its successor 2 publication, as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and 

(C) rounded to the nearest multiple of $0.05. 

(b) In calculating the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for purposes of subsection (a)(ii)(B) of this section, the Secretary shall compare such Consumer Price Index 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 pursuant to subsection (a)(ii)(B)) with the Consumer Price Index for the same month in the preceding year, the same quarter in the preceding year, or the preceding year, respectively. (c) Nothing in this order shall excuse noncompliance with any applicable Federal or State prevailing wage law, or any applicable law or municipal ordinance establishing a minimum wage higher than the minimum wage established under this order. 

More on the minimum wage increase including regulations for tipped workers can be found in the full Executive Order.

Coast Guard Appointed Experts Ask for Validation of On-Water Paddling Standards Which Apply to Trainers and Teachers for Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking

Who should give this issue careful attention: On-Water teachers or trainers are urged to participate in an on-line survey designed to collect feedback on the content of these "voluntary" entry-level, skill-based standards/rubrics for manually propelled boating.

A team of experts assembled with U.S. Coast Guard  (USCG) grant funding seeks national content validation of HUMAN (manually propelled) boat operation standards/rubrics that will be freely available to the boating public. This is your opportunity to impact the development of free recreational paddling and rowing (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards, etc.) standards/rubrics that can be voluntarily used by educators when developing boating courses. You may participate by completing this on-line survey.

WHAT:  The National On-Water Standards Team, funded by USCG grants, is seeking input from recreational paddling and rowing educators across the nation on set of rubrics used to describe Human-propelled boating skills at the entry level. Following the survey, the rubrics will be updated to reflect input from paddling and rowing nationwide and eventually be validated and updated though a national field-testing program.

WHERE:    https://www.research.net/s/HUMAN-Rubrics

 
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