Raise Wage Submits Twice Minimum

Raise the Wage Nebraska, the advocacy group spearheading a ballot initiative to mandate a $15 per hour wage in the Cornhusker State claims it has already submitted nearly double the 87,000 certified signatures necessary to be placed before the voters this year. The ballot question, should it be certified for the November ballot will ask…

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Sky’s the Limit!

Or at least it seems that way to many elected officials with regard to minimum wage levels. To underscore, let’s look at an example from both the east and west coasts.  ‘Raise Up New York’, a newly formed coalition of labor and advocates in the Empire State, is working on resurrecting legislation filed by state…

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States Targeting Tip Credit Rules

Potentially significant changes are on tap for the tip credit rules in a number of jurisdictions around the country. Pennsylvania has already adopted a significant change that will quadruple the tip income requirement necessary for an employer to use the tip credit. Currently, the Pennsylvania minimum wage law requires employers paying the tipped minimum ($2.83…

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An Update on Minimum Wages

Legislation has been approved by the Hawaiian Senate – and a slightly different version was given preliminary approval in the House – both of which will kick up the minimum wage in the Aloha State to $18/hour over the next few years. Currently, the state minimum is $10.10 per hour, but that will change rather…

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Biden Plans Will Hurt (Small) Business

Tuesday evening, President Biden gave his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress and therein laid out his plans to address many of the issues facing the nation – not all of which are going to be helpful to struggling small businesses. He specifically endorsed 4 steps that we highlight…

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Federal Contractor Wage Rising

For those who may operate Dunkin’ stores on federal property, associated labor costs will be rising again with the implementation of a federal employee and contractor minimum wage increase to $15 per hour no later than Sunday, January 30, 2022.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released guidance last week directing all government agencies to…

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Keeping an Eye on Minimum Wages

As we move closer to the New Year, we’ll focus more attention and provide you with details on upcoming increases in state minimum wages across the country. In the meantime however, we want to keep you abreast of some of the wage trends and initiatives we’re still seeing around the country. We told you a…

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Florida Increases Minimum Wage

Speaking of ballot initiatives, as a result of the successful minimum wage initiative last year in the Sunshine State, the Florida minimum wage increased as of last Thursday, September 30, 2021 from the former minimum of $8.56 per hour to the new minimum of $10/hour. The 17 percent jump in the state minimum represents the…

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Meet the New Governor, same as the Old Governor

At least on the issues of a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave, there are few, if any, discernible differences between resigned former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his replacement, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Notwithstanding Hochul’s promises to be different from her disgraced predecessor, she praised Cuomo’s “strong legacy of accomplishment” and went…

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Delaware Adopts $15 Wage

Last week on a straight party-line vote of 26-15, the Delaware General Assembly passed legislation, already approved by the state senate, that will incrementally raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The proposal, which Governor John Carney is expected to sign, makes the President’s home state the latest to adopt a…

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