States, Cities Still Looking to Raise Minimums

Notwithstanding the lesson from the impending Wal-Mart closings (and what might have caused them), state and local officials continue to look to mandate low-income workers into prosperity by increasing the minimum wage.  Advocates in the state of Maine have succeeded in securing the required number of signatures to place a question on the November ballot…

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New York City Expands Protections, Raises Minimum Wage

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week signed legislation expanding protections for employees under the NYC Human Rights Law, by adding “caregiver status” as an additional protected category.  The Mayor added the “caregiver” category to the list of those protected from being fired, demoted or denied promotion because they’re a caregiver or perceived…

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DC Pushes Expansion of Living Wage Law

Home of the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia has had a Living Wage Law on the books since 2006.  Its City Council is now looking to expand the reach of that law to include any business that “directly or indirectly benefits” from government contracts or various government assistance programs.  The proposal, filed by Councilwoman…

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Minimum Wage Increases at State Levels

With the turn of the calendar, minimum wages will increase in 14 individual states with 12 of those coming as a result of legislation enacted within the past two years.  Both New York ($9/hour and $9.75 for fast food workers) and West Virginia ($8.75/hour) mandated increases to minimum wages effective December 31.  The 12 state…

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Still Higher Minimum Wage Mandates

Since the $15/hour minimum wage mantra first rang out from Seattle, we have heard a fairly steady drumbeat advocating that communities set it as the new norm.  Over time, the effort has succeeded in a number of areas.  Just this week, Walmart, long a target for the $15/hour activists, announced that the company will be…

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New York Minimum Wage Issues

Although no surprise to anyone, the New York Industrial Board of Appeals has formally rejected the National Restaurant Association challenge to the state’s fast food minimum wage.  The decision was rendered a few weeks ago by the Industrial Board of Appeals, which is appointed by the Governor, on a challenge to the $15 fast food…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still Percolating

Minimum wage initiatives, another issue that was initially surfaced by President Obama, continue to make headlines in states and cities across the country.  Just this past week, the Urban County Council for Lexington, Kentucky voted to raise the minimum wage in the city from the current federal floor of $7.25/hour to a minimum of $10.10,…

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Cook County Looks At Minimum Wage Hike

The Cook County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing this week on the “Cook County Responsible Business Act”, a proposed ordinance that will penalize businesses with more than 750 employees (including franchises) for paying less than a specifically-defined hourly wage.  The proposed ordinance seeks to extort, er . . . collect a fee of…

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Cuomo Accuses Business of Stealing

Incredibly, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo accused businesses of stealing from the taxpayers because the state provides financial assistance to residents earning below certain levels of income.  On a “push the legislature for $15/hour wage” tour, the Governor said that “Business is stealing from the taxpayers of this state” because workers making less than $15/hour…

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