Minneapolis Minimum Wage Challenged

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has formally challenged the Minneapolis $15 minimum wage ordinance in Hennepin County District Court. The business group contends the ordinance, which increases the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective January 1, is illegal in that it violates state law, which reserves the power to establish minimum wages to the…

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Maryland County OKs $15 Minimum Wage

Maryland’s Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an ordinance this week that will increase the county minimum to $15 per hour by 2021. Under the provisions of the new law, the current wage minimum of $11.50 an hour will increase at different stages and in different increments every year beginning next  July depending on the number…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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“Man Bites Dog!”

There are two new developments on minimum wage this week that are rare enough to come under the Man Bites Dog headline. First, a lawsuit challenging the current effort to put the Flagstaff $15 minimum wage on the ballot was dismissed by an Arizona court last week, seemingly clearing the way for the repeal effort…

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Minimum Wage Updates

One of a couple of minimum wage issues that have been going back and forth in the courts winding their way through the courts was finally decided while another was argued before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Arizona Supreme Court rejected another last ditch effort to nullify the wage law that was approved…

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Missouri Minimum Wage Issues Continue

The pendulum has swung again in Kansas City, Missouri on the question of municipal minimum wages as KC voters this week overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to raise the city minimum wage, but the vote is only a symbolic one due to the state legislature having preempted local wage mandates. The specific Kansas City measure,…

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Across the Aisle, Wage Is Focus

The Republicans (with some Democrats joining) may be focused on issues important to business growth, but the democratic minority in Congress is still intent on increasing the federal minimum wage mandate. Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate this week held a press conference announcing a new marketing campaign plan they have named “A…

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St. Louis Minimum Wage To Drop

It’s been an up and down battle over the minimum wage in St. Louis for the past several months, but it looks like small businesses may be the final winner as the state preemption of local minimum wages will take effect on August 28 of this year. St. Louis passed its own minimum wage law…

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A Tale of Two Wage Studies

There continues to be much debate around the country about the wisdom of increasing minimum wages and how big an increase can be before it becomes detrimental to the local economy and the very workers the increase is supposed to help. Well, two recent studies of the impact on Seattle employees of the Seattle minimum…

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Minimum Wage Machinations

The drumbeat has gone on for the past several years now, and it continued this week in the state of Delaware. At the last minute, the Delaware state senate on Tuesday postponed an expected vote on legislation hiking the current state minimum wage of $8.25 to $10.25 an hour by 2020 and subsequently tie future…

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