Seattle Looking at City Charter Amendment for $15 Minimum Wage

A group calling itself 15 Now is making plans to put the question of a $15/hour minimum wage on the ballot in the City of Seattle if it is not enacted by the Seattle City Council where it is currently pending.  The Council and Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee are in the process…

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Upcoming DDIFO Meeting in Illinois

Illinois franchisees will want to mark their calendars for the May 14 DDIFO meeting, to be held at the Westin OHare Hotel in Rosemont.  Employment law experts from the noted Chicago firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson will be presenting on Illinois’ concealed carry laws, medical marijuana, wage and hour and a host…

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Massachusetts House Increases Minimum Wage

The Massachusetts House earlier this week passed its own version of a minimum wage increase. The House’s bill increases the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.00 to $10.50 over the next two years!  The bill, believe it or not, is preferable to an earlier version passed by the Senate that would increase the minimum to $11/hour…

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Connecticut Raises Minimum Wage, Again!

Notwithstanding that it had recently increased the minimum wage across the Nutmeg State, thereby keeping it the highest minimum wage in the nation, Connecticut didn’t think that was good enough when President Obama visited Central Connecticut State University a few weeks back.  Seems the President no sooner left when the legislature passed another increase in…

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Senate Looks To Move Minimum Wage

Although it’s unlikely that the Senate will move favorably on the Save American Workers Act, quite the contrary is true on the subject of increasing the federal minimum wage.  In fact, the Senate is reportedly getting close to bringing the issue to the floor for a vote to increase the federal minimum from its current…

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Website Solicits Wage Theft Stories

Now, in the wake of the numerous class action lawsuits against McDonald’s and a number of its franchisees, a group of employees along with their allies conducted protests in dozens of cities around the country.  In addition, another group calling itself “Low Pay is Not OK” has launched a website, www.robbedonthejob.org, where they solicit employee…

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Overtime Pay Threshold Could Reach $52,000

According to human resource and employee relations firms, the President’s Executive Order signed last week could increase the overtime threshold to as much as $52,000 per year – meaning that anyone not guaranteed that much in their salary would be entitled to overtime pay.  In one of its client alerts, HR Consultant Sesco Management, advised…

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$15/Hour Minimum Wage Rejected

There may be hope for us yet as the liberal bastion of Amherst, Massachusetts, officially voted down a proposal to establish a local minimum wage of $15/hour at its Town Meeting 2 nights ago.  The proposal, initiated by a UMass student, would have cost the town itself (which is home to several colleges in addition…

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Minimum Wage Staying in the News

Efforts at the national, state and local levels to increase the minimum wage continue to make news and will likely do so right on through the fall mid-term elections.  There seems to be a concerted effort by the Obama Administration and a bona fide strategy by the democratic party to make ‘income inequality’ an issue…

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