Connecticut Hikes Minimum Wage to $15

With final passage of a new minimum wage law in Connecticut happening last week, it is only a matter of time – and likely only days – until it is officially ‘on the books’. Governor Ned Lamont has promised to sign the bill into law. In its final form, HB 5004, An Act Increasing the…

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Minimum Wage Study Verifies Impact

The small town of Emeryville outside Oakland, California adopted an aggressive living wage law back in 2015. Just one month after the city council passed the minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave ordinance on June 2, the $9.00 minimum wage increased to $12.25 for small businesses (55 or fewer employees) and to $14.44 for large…

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Colorado Ups Wage Theft to Felony

One week ago yesterday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB 1267, An Act Concerning Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages, into law. The law provides that employers who refuse to pay a wage claim, falsely deny a wage claim with an intent to not pay, or underpay a claim as a means to harass or…

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An Expensive Minimum Wage

The push to increase minimum wages – at the federal as well as local and state levels – has always begged the question as to the cost in economic terms of mandating increases. Well, it appears that the Congressional Budget Office has answered the question – $48 billion per year – at least as relates…

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Massachusetts Releases Family and Medical Leave Regulation

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released a model of the notice that employers will be required to provide to their existing employees by May 31, 2019.  The Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit was created by the poorly-named Grand Bargain that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law last June. Although employers…

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Idaho Minimum Wage Question Ok’d for Ballot

The Idaho Secretary of State has given his approval to an initiative amending the current state minimum wage law and establishing a four-year formula to increase the wage and subsequently tie it to the federal consumer price index (CPI) for specific items. Under the proposal, the current minimum wage of $7.25 would be increased annually…

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Minimum Wage by Region?

It ain’t perfect, but it’s an acknowledgement that economic conditions – and costs of living – differ across the country depending on the region one may be working in. Representative Terri Sewell of the Alabama 7th Congressional District has proposed a federal regional minimum wage that may be gaining some traction in the democrat-controlled US…

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McDonald’s Folds In Minimum Wage Fight

McDonald’s Corporation, which has largely been the catalyst for, as well as the target of, the Fight for $15 along with a fast food unionizing drive by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), has advised the National Restaurant Association that it will no longer support efforts opposing an increased minimum wage. In its letter to…

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Maryland Governor Vetoes Wage Increase

At the other end of the spectrum on the minimum wage debate, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan this week vetoed a minimum wage bill increasing the wage in Maryland to $15/hour by 2025 and by July, 2026 for smaller businesses with 14 or fewer employees. Notwithstanding the Governor’s veto, the legislature quickly – in fact, within…

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Different Directions on State Minimum Wages

It could be called a tale of three directions when we look at minimum wage actions in Arkansas, Florida and Maryland within the past two weeks. As we’ve advised in past issues, the Maryland General Assembly has been advancing minimum wage legislation to hike the state minimum to $15/hour by 2025 and just last week,…

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