Minimum Wages Hikes Have an Impact

On the positive side of the ledger, one can point to the first increase in the median real wage for US workers in quite some time. But, there’s also a flip side to that coin, and it is taking a toll on restaurants in major cities such as New York City and San Francisco. The…

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Florida Wage Petition Closer to Ballot

With minimum wage increases staying in the forefront in a number of jurisdictions across the country, the state of Florida is likewise moving closer to putting the question of raising the state minimum wage on the November 2020 ballot. Florida for a Fair Wage, the primary PAC behind the measure, has thus far submitted just…

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Labor Backs Wage Hikes, Then Limits on Automation

After supporting minimum wage increases just about anywhere and everywhere that they are proposed, organized labor is now looking at the resulting turn toward automation with an eye on restricting or limiting such business options. In Oregon, where the current minimum wage for most counties is $11.25 an hour ($11 in non-urban counties and $12.50…

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Arizona Stands Tough vs Local Wage Mandates

The Arizona legislature has made it clear to local cities and towns in the Grand Canyon State that the state will set minimum wages and won’t look kindly upon local communities trying to set their own. According to a new law that takes effect next week (on August 27), the state must calculate the cost…

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Minimum Wage Veto, Prospects and Impact

We’ve got 3 dimensions of the nation minimum wage debate to report to you this week and each coming from a different east coast state. First, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu stayed true to his word when he vetoed legislation that would have increased the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. SB 10…

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Thanks But Please, Don’t Help!

That seems to be the clear message being sent by a number of restaurant employees to SEIU and the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC). Bartenders and servers have joined forces to create a website, Our Industry Our Voice, through which they advocate for the preservation of the tipped wage (and the tip credit). The website…

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Federal Wage and Paid Leave Musings

Both branches of the US Congress were delving into worker benefit mandates this week with a bi-partisan proposal to create a federal paid family leave mandate and a declaration by one of the “squad” calling for a $20/hour federal minimum wage. First, let’s talk about the realistic suggestion. Louisiana republican Senator Bill Cassidy joined with…

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Heading To the Ballot?

Speaking of minimum wage increase proposals, advocates in two states are aiming to put a minimum wage increase question on the ballot for voters to decide. First, in Florida, attorney John Morgan, who has been spearheading an effort to increase the state minimum wage (currently $8.46/hour), claimed this week that he had collected over a…

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Connecticut Looks for Compromise on 80/20 Rule

In the waning days of the 2019 legislative session, Connecticut lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify state law relative to the so-called 80/20 rule. In essence, the bill would have codified what the state labor department had been advising businesses for years – that for workers with blended duties (functions for which they receive…

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US House Votes To Hike Minimum Wage

Despite months of intra-party fighting among different factions within the democratic membership, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a six-year phased increase in the federal minimum wage yesterday. The final vote of 233-199 in favor of more than doubling the current minimum of $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2025 came after a concerted effort…

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