CPI Pushes Minimum Wages Higher

One unanticipated repercussion of the ongoing 40-year high level of inflation is the impact it is having on automatic minimum wage rates in a number of states.  Most recently, three states announced that new minimum wage rates for 2023 will be higher than they had previously anticipated. With minimum wage rates tied to the Consumer…

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Initiative 82 Back on November Ballot

Speaking of ballot questions, a panel of three District of Columbia appellate judges ruled this week that the measure to eliminate the tip credit in the Nation’s Capitol should remain on the ballot for voters to decide in November. The DC measure is similar to another that was passed by voters in 2018 only to have…

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All Eyes on FAST Act

Should it be passed and signed into law, the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) heading to a final vote this month in the California state senate will wreak havoc on the fast food franchise industry in California. Having previously been approved by the Assembly, a positive vote on the legislation in…

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Wages Again Heading to the Ballot

In the wake of public hearings being held last week up in Portland Maine, the Portland City Council voted to approve a ballot measure raising the minimum wage within Maine’s largest city and put it before the voters this November. The initiative would raise the current minimum waged of $13 per hour to $18 an…

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More Minimum Wages Going Forward

We’ve got a couple of early warnings to share with you this week on the subject of minimum wages, and both relate ballot initiatives. First, in California, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James Arguelles rejected a ballot campaign petition to force the question onto the 2022 ballot despite the campaign having missed a critical deadline.…

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Court Resets Minimum Wage

A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled this week that lawmakers violated the Michigan state constitution back in 2018 when they passed a pending ballot petition and then amended it to a format more to their liking. A provision in the state constitution, known as the adopt and amend provision seemingly allows the legislature to…

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Raise Wage Submits Twice Minimum

Raise the Wage Nebraska, the advocacy group spearheading a ballot initiative to mandate a $15 per hour wage in the Cornhusker State claims it has already submitted nearly double the 87,000 certified signatures necessary to be placed before the voters this year. The ballot question, should it be certified for the November ballot will ask…

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More Minimum Wage Issues

Minimum wage increase advocates continue to push any buttons they can to try and push up minimum wages further and further away from value, but now and again, it just doesn’t work out for them. An effort in California (of all places) to raise the current $15/hour statewide minimum to $18 per hour appears to…

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Municipal Minimum Wage Changes

Speaking of Maine, the state’s biggest city, Portland is facing a ballot question in November that could establish a local minimum wage of $18 per hour and at the same time eliminate the tip credit for workers within Portland. The state chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has filed the requisite paperwork to phase…

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July 1 Triggers Wage Hikes

With the turn of the calendar in another couple of weeks, a number of changes to minimum wage requirement will take place across a host of states. It’s important you take note of them and be sure to remain in compliance. Effective July 1, the following increases become effective: Connecticut will increase its minimum from…

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