More Minimum Wage Movement

Massachusetts’ State Senate this week overwhelmingly passed a measure that would increase the state minimum wage to the highest level in the country by 2016!  The bill would hike the current $8 wage by $1 on July 1st for the next 3 years, culminating at $11/hour in July 2016.  The bill also increases the current…

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President Supporting Minimum Wage Of $10+

Members will recall some months ago when President Obama announced his support for increasing the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $9.00.  Well, last week it appeared that administration officials and their allies were signaling that Obama would be supportive of bumping the federal minimum up to “at least” $10.10!  In a New…

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New Jersey Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increase

Election day this past Tuesday, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative increasing the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 effective January, 2014, but more importantly amending the state constitution to index the minimum wage to inflation.  A similar bill was vetoed earlier this year by Governor Chris Christie, who interestingly was overwhelmingly…

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$15/Hour Wage Approved in SeaTac

Out on the west coast, voters appear to be passing the so-called “Good Jobs Initiative“, which will mandate a local minimum wage of $15/hour for workers in the tiny city of SeaTac.  SeaTac is a 12,000 voter community, the boundaries of which completely envelop Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  Consequently, it hosts a large population of minimum…

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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What’s Brewing: Bans, Minimum Wage Walkout, Fair Franchising

As if the daily tasks of running your Dunkin’ Donuts aren’t enough to keep you busier than busy, ever-changing laws and regulations can add more stress to your days. From attempted bans on soda products and successful bans on foam cups to calls for increased minimum wage and fees on worker immigration programs, it pays…

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Governor Signs $10 California Minimum Wage

As was expected, California Governor Jerry Brown this past week signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage in California to $10 per hour by 2016.  Under the new law, the current minimum wage of $8.00 will increase to $9 in July and then to $10, the highest in the nation, in January of…

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