Minimum Wage Heading to Arkansas Ballot

Although it is still not official, it seems much more likely that voters in Arkansas will get the chance to decide on a proposal to increase the state minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2021. Advocates submitted an additional 45,000 signatures to the Secretary of State last Friday. The ballot initiative, which proposes to…

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Court Restores Discrimination Claim Over Minimum Wage

In a surprising ruling on Wednesday, the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals restored a discrimination challenge brought against the city of Birmingham Alabama by African-American fast-food workers. The suit, initially filed in 2016, alleged that the state’s mostly white legislature violated the civil rights of black workers by nullifying a new minimum wage in…

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Industry Sues over Tipped Wage Regulation

Speaking of the tipped wage and tip credits, the restaurant industry has filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Labor challenging to the Obama-era regulation implementing the so-called 80-20 standard for tipped work and prohibiting the tip credit. The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court for Western Texas in Austin by the…

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Alaska Bans Mandatory Tip Pooling

Effectively reinstating the ban on tip pooling that had been implemented by the Obama administration a few years ago, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development implemented a new regulation that took effect last Friday banning the mandatory sharing of tips in the state of Alaska. The effort was undertaken to nullify the Trump…

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Delaware Latest to Hike Minimum Wage

We tried to advise you in last weeks issue of the many states and localities that increased their effective minimum wage with the coming of the new fiscal years on July 1, but doing so is shooting at the ultimate moving target. As a case in point, the Delaware legislature debated throughout the weekend and…

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Business Confidence Drops in Face of “Grand Bargain”

We told you last week that Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the so-called grand bargain into law in Massachusetts. The ‘bargain’ grants an increase in the minimum wage from the current $11 an hour up to $15 by 2023, a five year phase-in. In addition, it provides up to 12 weeks of paid family leave…

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July 1 Trigger Date

Each year as July rolls around, and with it the start of state and municipal fiscal years, we also see many minimum wage hikes taking effect. In the interest of keeping our readers informed of these changes, we believe that the following minimum wages increases take effect Sunday: Washington DC from $12.50 to $13.25; Chicago…

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Massachusetts Governor Signs “Grand Bargain”

Speaking of Massachusetts, governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed into law the so-called Grand Bargain compromise that avoids a couple of contentious issues from appearing on the November ballot. The legislation, negotiated over the past several weeks between advocates and some business groups, provides for an increase in the current $11 per hour minimum wage to…

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They Call That A Bargain?

Yes, if fact in Massachusetts, they’re calling it the Grand Bargain and aside from a permanent sales tax holiday for one weekend every August, it also includes an increase in the current $11 per hour minimum wage to $15 an hour and paid sick and family leave. The legislature on Wednesday put all three on…

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DC Voters Eliminate Tipped Wage

The fight continues, but the first round goes to proponents of expanding the minimum wage in the Nation’s Capital as DC voters this week passed Initiative 77. The voter petition eliminates the tipped wage (currently $3.33) within the District of Columbia and by 2026 ramps up tipped employee wages to the District minimum. Currently the…

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