Portland Rethinks, Repeals Hazard Pay

Just days after it took effect, the Portland City Council effectively voted to end the new hazard pay ordinance that pushed minimum wages to $19.50 an hour! By a vote of 8-1 on January 3, the council ended the state of emergency that the city had declared back on March 16, 2020 and in exchange,…

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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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Additional News on Wages

As if the ongoing labor shortages coupled with these dramatic increases in minimum wages weren’t having a big enough impact on businesses still struggling to recover from the COVID pandemic, some communities are piling on with additional mandates for business beginning tomorrow. A perfect case in point is the city of Portland Maine, where the…

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Final Tip Credit Rule Becomes Effective

Yet another change in the tipping rules as relates the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will become effective just a few days after Christmas when the newest DOL Final Rule on paying tipped employees kicks in on December 28, 2021. These latest DOL regulations resurrect the 80/20 rule, whereby an employer can only take a…

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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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California Wage Initiative

For some however, whatever the minimum wage, it is never going to be enough. As a case in point, a ballot initiative is currently pending in California that would mandate the minimum wage at businesses with 26 or more employees rise to $18 per hour in 2025 and for businesses with 25 or fewer employees,…

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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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The Minimum Wage Impact

It has long been debated what effect mandatory minimum wages have on the labor force at large, the creation of new jobs and the benefits afforded minimum wage employees. Well, the ongoing labor shortage notwithstanding, there were a couple of new reports released recently that shed additional light on those questions. First, the Federal Reserve…

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Tucson Ups Wage, Disneyland Exempt

On the minimum wage front, by a margin of almost 2-1, voters in Tucson Arizona this month approved Proposition 206, a ballot initiative that raises the city minimum wage to $15 per hour within 3 years and subsequently tying future wages to inflation. Of greater concern perhaps, are other provisions in the bill that call…

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