Maine Court Blesses Hazard Pay

The Supreme Judicial Court in the state of Maine has unanimously approved a voter-initiated law that requires employers in Portland, the state’s largest city, to pay employees hazard wages equal to time and a half for any work performed during a declared state of emergency within the city. Disputes arose immediately after 62% of Portland…

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Wage Changes with the Calendar

With the calendar turning to July yesterday, we want to be sure our subscribers take note of some of the changes that July brings. The minimum wage in three different states plus the District of Columbia increased as of July 1, 2021. New York isolates fast-food workers in particular and grants them special minimum wages.…

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Delaware Adopts $15 Wage

Last week on a straight party-line vote of 26-15, the Delaware General Assembly passed legislation, already approved by the state senate, that will incrementally raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The proposal, which Governor John Carney is expected to sign, makes the President’s home state the latest to adopt a…

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OT Threshold to Rise Again?

In testimony last week before the House Education and Labor Committee, in response to a specific question from California Representative Mark Takano, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh asserted that the current minimum salary is definitely too low. He advised the committee that the Department of Labor (DOL) is currently reviewing the Final Overtime Rule currently in…

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Delaware Eyeing $15 Minimum

Notwithstanding that the current labor shortage is driving wages up without any kind of government mandate being necessary, efforts continue to impose a $15/hour minimum wage. While there’s still no movement in Congress on the national minimum (currently $7.25), Delaware – the home state of President Biden – is moving towards setting a $15 state…

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Virginia Overtime Change

Virginia employers have more negative hits on their horizon. The minimum wage, which jumped $2.25 per hour to $9.50 on May 1, 2021, is slated to rise by another $1.50 to $11/hour on January 1, 2022; and then another $1 in 2023 to $12/hour. However, if the General Assembly chooses to reenact these rate increases…

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Has She Got a Deal for You!

Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer is proposing a deal for small business owners in The Wolverine State that would put a $15/hour minimum in place for many Michigan workers. The Governor’s plan would provide 3-month wage grants to businesses that agree to increase worker wages to $15 per hour with the grant paying the differential between…

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Minimum Wage Updates

At the federal level, the push for a $15 minimum wage is still hung up by the opposition of moderate democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The two moderates have agreed that the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) should be raised, but balk at the $15 figure. Sinema last week joined Mitt…

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Restaurant Workers Sue Michigan

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) along with other advocacy groups One Fair Wage and Mothering Justice this week filed a lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleging that legislative changes made to the state minimum wage law were unconstitutional. To put the issue in context, One Fair Wage initiated a petition drive in 2018…

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