DOL defends Biden’s power to raise the min. salary

By Irene Spezzamonte (August 2, 2022, 4:23 p.m. EDT) — The U.S. Department of Labor has defended its implementation of the Biden administration’s rule raising the minimum hourly wage for federal contractors to $15, telling a judge on Tuesday Colorado federal government that the president hadn’t overstepped his authority when he mandated the wage hike.

In a motion Tuesday, the DOL urged U.S. District Judge Philip A. Brimmer to grant the agency summary judgment on all claims that the Colorado River Outfitters Association, adventure travel company Arkansas Valley Adventure LLC and its owner Duke Bradford filed against the agency. The DOL said the Public Procurement Act allowed President Joe Biden to force through the salary increase last year, saying…

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