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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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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An Expensive Minimum Wage

The push to increase minimum wages – at the federal as well as local and state levels – has always begged the question as to the cost in economic terms of mandating increases. Well, it appears that the Congressional Budget Office has answered the question – $48 billion per year – at least as relates…

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Minimum Wage by Region?

It ain’t perfect, but it’s an acknowledgement that economic conditions – and costs of living – differ across the country depending on the region one may be working in. Representative Terri Sewell of the Alabama 7th Congressional District has proposed a federal regional minimum wage that may be gaining some traction in the democrat-controlled US…

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House Committee Advances $15 Federal Minimum

To nobody’s surprise, the House Education and Labor Committee voted 28-20 along party lines to advance a Democratic bill more than doubling the current federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The committee’s Democratic majority also voted in lockstep to kill 7 different Republican amendments before sending the bill out to the House floor. The…

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Minimum Wages Grabbing More Headlines

Speaking of minimum wages, this past week the US House Education and Labor Committee held a full committee hearing on the Raise the Wage Act (H.582 – filed by Sanders, House Chairman Bobby Scott and a host of others) that lasted better than 7 hours. The bill would mandate an increase in the current $7.25…

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Minimum Wage Heard On Capitol Hill

The Raise The Wage Act, federal legislation filed by US House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), was the subject of the Committee’s first major public hearing of the year yesterday. The legislation (H.R. 582) filed earlier this year with much fanfare and 181 House cosponsors, would more than double the current…

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Federal Minimum Wage Hike Filed

Congressional democrats this week filed legislation seeking to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. The proposal, known as The Raise the Wage Act of 2019, was filed in the House by Education and Labor Committee Chairman Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) and co-sponsored by 181 other democratic members. The bill, which…

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US House Preps Minimum Wage Hike

When Nancy Pelosi assumes the speakership again in a couple of weeks and the democrat majority takes over control of the US House of Representatives, one of their top priorities will be pushing to increase the federal minimum wage. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), the ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee (who…

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