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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Labor Commissioner Approves New York Minimum Wage

In what surprises absolutely no-one, New York state Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino approved the recommendation of the Fast Food Wage Board appointed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Not even trying to make it look on the level, Governor Cuomo in an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, announced that Commissioner Musolino had signed…

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Minimum Wage News Around the Country

The issue of minimum wage increases continues to generate much by way of news and headlines around the country.  In Seattle, the International Franchise Association (IFA) was back in court this past week formally appealing an earlier decision by a lower court that denied their motion for an injunction against the Seattle minimum wage law. …

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St. Louis Alderman Boost Minimum Wage

Minimum wage increases continue to ripple across the country with the St. Louis Board of Alderman being the latest to propose a local minimum.  The Board returned this week to debate a substitute proposal (the original called for $15/hour but couldn’t get enough support) that would hike the wage to $13/hour by 2020.  Although it…

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Bangor Endorses Minimum Wage Petition

Following a committee vote last week, on a 6-1 vote, the Bangor city council endorsed an initiative petition being pushed by the left-leaning Maine Peoples Alliance that will increase the state minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020 and subsequently index the wage to inflation.  The petition is slated to be on the November 2016 ballot. …

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Restaurants Eliminating Tipping as Wages Rise

Although in the wake of all the minimum wage increases we’ve seen of late, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, many restauranteurs are now looking at eliminating tipping in their establishments and setting “all-inclusive” pricing in the future.  The New York Times published a lengthy article last week explaining the issue and the correlation…

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NY Wage Board Minimum Opposed

In a likely preview of a potential legal challenge, the Business Council of New York State has released their comments submitted to the New York Department of Labor.   The organization objected to the wage board’s process for a whole litany of reasons including the improper impaneling of the board, the negative impact the recommendations will…

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Minimum Wages Cutting Both Ways

In Kansas City, the city council approved a city minimum wage, notwithstanding the general assembly passing a ban on local minimum wages.  The statewide bill is still in limbo however, as it was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon earlier this month.  The General Assembly is expected to take a vote on overriding his veto in…

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