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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Cuomo Wants Tax Incentives for Business

In what must be one of the more glaring cases of dual political personality, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week made quite the splash as he advocated for tax incentives to help attract businesses to New York.  Cuomo made the comments at a new solar panel factory in Buffalo,  that was lured to the…

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How’s That Minimum Wage Working?

In large measure, this push for the $15 minimum wage (orchestrated by SEIU and others in organized labor, began in earnest in Seattle, WA as the city adopted the $15/hour rate back in the spring of 2014, phasing it in over a three year period for those businesses (and franchises) with more than 500 employees…

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Federal $15 Minimum Wage Proposed

Although pandering for votes is never out of style with politicians, the presidential nomination campaigns are raising it to a new level.  A week ago, democratic candidate and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley formally called for a federal minimum wage of $15/hour.  Not to be outdone, this week democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT)…

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