New York Says Wage Hike Has No Impact

Good news for franchise owners: in its infinite wisdom, the New York State Department of Labor declared that the 67% increase in the minimum wage mandated for fast food workers by Governor Cuomo’s Fast Food Wage Commission will not impact profits or the number of employees in a covered restaurant.  Effective December 31, the minimum…

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Syracuse Hikes Minimum Immediately

A 67% increase in worker wages seemed like a great idea, but evidently not quite a quick enough implementation for Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.  Mayor Miner announced this week that she is increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour effective immediately for all Syracuse municipal workers!  The mayoral largesse will cost the city of Syracuse an…

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Court Tosses St. Louis Minimum Wage Increase

A circuit court judge in Missouri has overturned the St. Louis ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the city to $8.25/hour.  The ordinance was scheduled to take effect yesterday, with additional increases to $9 on January 1, 2016, $10 in 2017 and finally to $11 at the beginning of 2018.  There was considerable debate for…

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Fair Scheduling Proposals Spreading

It began (as many of these ideas do) in San Francisco as part of the “Retail Worker’s Bill of Rights”, but the notion of so-called “Fair Scheduling” or “Strict Scheduling” laws is gaining more traction in states around the country.  Last week, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development heard public testimony…

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NY Health Care Industry Concerns on Wages

In the wake of Governor Cuomo mandating a wage windfall for fast food workers with his $15 per hour requirement, New York health care groups and organizations are concerned that the out-of-whack wage scale for fast food workers will drain the labor pool for entry level health care jobs.  The concerns were expressed by representatives…

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Union Seeks Exemption from Minimum Wage

Speaking of minimum wages, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor submitted a minimum wage hike proposal to the Santa Monica City Council that exempts the union from the $15/hour wage they advocate.  The union hid the exemption, which would allow those employers with collective bargaining agreements to pay less than the minimum in the…

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Missouri Pre-empts Local Minimum Wages

We’re happy to advise that the Missouri legislature overrode (by only a single vote in the senate) a veto by Governor Jay Nixon of a bill that prohibits local communities from establishing their own minimum wage in excess of the state minimum of $7.65 an hour.  You will recall that earlier this summer, the state’s…

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Portland Advances Minimum Wage Ballot Issue

A ballot campaign is now underway after the Portland Maine City Council placed a ballot initiative, sponsored by the “Portland Green Independent Committee” on the ballot for the November election.  “An Ordinance Toward a Living Wage”, which will appear on the Portland ballot will ask voters to establish a local minimum wage of $15/hour starting…

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Congressional Democrats File Wage Act

A bill easing the process for workers to unionize has been filed in both the US House and Senate by Congressman Bobby Scott (D – VA 3) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) respectively.  Among its many provisions, the so-called Wage Act (Workplace Action for a Growing Economy) would strengthen existing worker protections, triple backpay penalties…

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DOL Moves Minimum Wage Up Again

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has given notice that the minimum wage required to be paid by all federal contractors to workers performing under those contracts will increase effective January 1, 2016. Notwithstanding that the minimum for these workers was increased to $10.10 per hour on January 1 of this year, it…

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