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Notice to US Outfitters operating on USFS and BLM Lands

newfoundlandmooseriverpanoramahuntforever031114Executive Order 13658 Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10 per Hour for Outfitters and Others under Federal Permit

On October 1, 2014, the Department of Labor issued final regulations to implement Executive Order 13658, which, starting January 1, 2015, increases the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for businesses operating under NEW federal contracts and “contract-like instruments”. The rule applies to new permits issued on or after January 1, 2015, including Forest Service and BLM outfitter and guide permits and National Park Service contracts and Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA).

The Forest Service has determined the rule will apply to permit renewals issued after January 1, 2015 regardless of when the application was submitted. The Forest Service Washington office erroneously says they are required to put the Department of Labor’s standard contract clause on all 2015 permits. Many permittees up for renewal are unaware of these new minimum wage requirements and have not factored increased labor costs into their trips. NPS is already putting the language on CUA’s. The BLM has not yet implemented the rule.

Safari Club International and the American Wildlife Conservation Partners will be approaching Congress for Legislative relief for outfitters operating on Federal lands.

We would like to thank David brown, America Outdoors Association, for the above information.

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