Minimum Wage Hikes to Note

We believe this an important issue and want to keep top of mind within our membership, so a few weeks ago, we advised you of many of the minimum wage increases scheduled to take effect with the arrival of 2022 tomorrow. In that vein, our friends at the Economic Policy Institute have released the Current…

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Ever-Rising Minimum Wages

Remember the good ol’ days when elected officials threatened to increase minimum wages to $10.10 per hour? The rapidly-approaching New Year is a natural time for salary increases, and it is indeed the time when most minimum wage laws – at the state and local levels – provide for increases. In fact, more than half…

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Federal Contracts Face $15 Minimum

The temporary victory for federal contractors over the Biden vaccine mandate notwithstanding, those same contractors have little to cheer as relates a different presidential executive order, this one mandating $15/hour minimum wages for their employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published its final rule implementing Executive Order # 14026, which mandates a $15…

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Keeping an Eye on Minimum Wages

As we move closer to the New Year, we’ll focus more attention and provide you with details on upcoming increases in state minimum wages across the country. In the meantime however, we want to keep you abreast of some of the wage trends and initiatives we’re still seeing around the country. We told you a…

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Florida Increases Minimum Wage

Speaking of ballot initiatives, as a result of the successful minimum wage initiative last year in the Sunshine State, the Florida minimum wage increased as of last Thursday, September 30, 2021 from the former minimum of $8.56 per hour to the new minimum of $10/hour. The 17 percent jump in the state minimum represents the…

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Inflation Fuels Larger Wage Hikes

While many of today’s younger workers – and voters – may not have experienced the bite of inflation eating more of their compensation, those of us who more clearly understand the meaning and impact of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) are already seeing some effect from inflation. Among the many states, counties and cities that…

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Minimum wage on state ballots in 2022

Notwithstanding the economic realities of the ongoing labor shortage and the BLS data showing wages exceeding $15 per hour in supermarkets and restaurants  across the country, advocates continue to push. In Nebraska, a host of community organizations announced the launch of Raise the Wage Nebraska, a 2022 ballot initiative campaign that would increase the current…

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Meet the New Governor, same as the Old Governor

At least on the issues of a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave, there are few, if any, discernible differences between resigned former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his replacement, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Notwithstanding Hochul’s promises to be different from her disgraced predecessor, she praised Cuomo’s “strong legacy of accomplishment” and went…

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Starbucks

Earlier this month, Starbucks announced that it will increase the starting wage for its baristas in all stores to $12 an hour beginning in October. The company had previously announced plans for the across-the-board increase to take place in January, but pointed to better than expected performance to justify the early increases. Elsewhere, two baristas…

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