Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, 1936

   Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States invalidating the National Industrial Recovery Act and its provision for minimum wages and maximum hours for workers, the Roosevelt administration responded with several pieces of individual legislation, the “little NRA.” Included was the Public Contracts Act, introduced by Senator David I. Walsh, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Congressman Arthur D. Healey, also a Democrat from Massachusetts, passed on 30 June 1936. The act required that all federal government contractors pay no less than the minimum wage established by the Department of Labor, observe the eight-hour day and 40-hour week, and not employ workers under the age of 18 or use convict labor.

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