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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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly!

Fortunately, we don’t have to report on every legislative initiative that comes down the road, but there is a vast array of fringe legislation regularly considered and sadly enough, often adopted as the law of the land! For a few examples, consider that the New Jersey legislature recently increased the state minimum wage to $10/hour…

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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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“Raise The Wage” Will Cost 1.3 Million Jobs

Just last week, we advised of a study by the left-leaning UCal Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment that concluded raising the federal minimum wage by more than 100% over a five year span would not negatively impact employment. Well, this week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) sprinkled a little bit of…

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Miscellaneous

The US economic expansion now officially qualifies as the longest in history! The nation’s GDP has grown for the last 121 consecutive months, having started back in 2009 after the end of the Great Recession. Notwithstanding the strength and growth of the economy, the country is replete with those who would hamstring it. A new…

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CFA Lobby Day Leads To Wage Increase Fairness Bill

At the recent CFA Lobby Day Forum (held in May) in Washington DC, Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) joined the CFA Board as its guest speaker for the CFA Directors dinner. Having the Congressman join us gave the Board the opportunity to speak candidly with him and in greater detail about an array of issues that…

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House Planning July Vote on $15 Minimum

By the end of next week, the US House will likely be recessing for the July 4th holiday and when it reconvenes thereafter, House democratic leaders anticipate bringing the “Raise The Wage Act” up for a formal floor vote. The legislation, filed by Education & Labor Committee Chairman Representative Scott (D-VA), would raise the current…

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Delaware and New Hampshire Minimum Wage News

As a number of legislative sessions around the country grind to a halt this weekend, it appears that Delaware legislators were unable to agree on legislation to increase the state minimum wage primarily out of concern that the proposed increase for state workers would cost the First State millions of dollars. If the increase is…

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