Vermont Overrides Minimum Wage Veto

Last week, the Vermont state legislature formally overrode a veto by Governor Phil Scott of legislation mandating another increase in the state minimum wage to over $12 per hour by 2022. The legislation, which is now law, provides for increasing the minimum wage from $10.96 to $11.75 next year and then to $12.55 by 2022.…

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Miscellaneous

Debate continues over the long-term impact of minimum wage hikes on the economic circumstances of the lower-wage workforce with opponents pointing to the detrimental effects on business growth and job opportunities while advocates highlight more money in a worker’s weekly paycheck. Well, a new study out of the University of Washington concludes that state and…

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New Impetus for $15/hour Minimum Wage

With former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg participating in the Democratic Presidential debate in Nevada this week, his position on issues the democrats have been debating may provide more impetus for their consideration. As a case in point, let’s look at the question of increasing the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15/hour. Although…

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Virginia Moving Minimum Wage Bill

On a party-line vote last week, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 55-45 to pass HB 395, a bill that will increase the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $15 by July 1, 2023. The legislation moved through the lower chamber at lightning legislative speed and is now pending in the state…

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RI Senate Approves $1 Minimum Wage Increase

For the second straight year, the Rhode Island state senate has passed a new increase in the state minimum wage that could take effect on October 1, 2020 – just over one month before Election Day. The proposal, which increases the current state minimum of $10.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour, must still pass…

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Vermont Upholds Paid Leave Veto, Waits on Wage Hike

Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill last Friday that would have mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees in the Green Mountain state but that veto was upheld this week by the Vermont House of Representatives. Despite holding a so-called “supermajority”, the democrat-controlled House fell one vote shy of the 100 needed…

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Pennsylvania Expands Overtime Coverage

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had asked the legislature to reach a compromise and present him with a bill increasing the state minimum wage. The legislature couldn’t agree by the deadline Governor Wolf set and the state regulatory apparatus flexed its muscle. The state labor department proposed new increased salary thresholds for overtime exemption and the…

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Ohio Petition Clears Two Hurdles

A constitutional amendment pending in Ohio moved two notches closer to the ballot this week as Attorney General David Yost approved the summary language of the proposal and state election officials certified the initial 1,000 voter signatures.  As we advised just last week, the “Raise the Wage Ohio Amendment” would increase the current $8.70 state…

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Fight for $15 Aims At Delaware Next

As legislators in Delaware returned to the state house in Dover last week, they were met by a group of labor activists demanding that the legislators increase the state minimum wage to $15/hour. Fight for $15, the advocacy group funded by the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), held a rally at the state house seeking…

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Ohio Advocates Pushing Wage Ballot Question

Union advocates in Ohio are focusing on increasing the state minimum wage of $8.70 per hour through a ballot initiative this fall. Ohioans for Raising the Wage, a group comprised of SEIU members along with others from the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Unity Coalition and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, have filed a petition with…

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