Wages Again Heading to the Ballot

In the wake of public hearings being held last week up in Portland Maine, the Portland City Council voted to approve a ballot measure raising the minimum wage within Maine’s largest city and put it before the voters this November. The initiative would raise the current minimum waged of $13 per hour to $18 an…

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July 1 Triggers Wage Hikes

With the turn of the calendar in another couple of weeks, a number of changes to minimum wage requirement will take place across a host of states. It’s important you take note of them and be sure to remain in compliance. Effective July 1, the following increases become effective: Connecticut will increase its minimum from…

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Minimum Wage Hikes to Note

We believe this an important issue and want to keep top of mind within our membership, so a few weeks ago, we advised you of many of the minimum wage increases scheduled to take effect with the arrival of 2022 tomorrow. In that vein, our friends at the Economic Policy Institute have released the Current…

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Additional News on Wages

As if the ongoing labor shortages coupled with these dramatic increases in minimum wages weren’t having a big enough impact on businesses still struggling to recover from the COVID pandemic, some communities are piling on with additional mandates for business beginning tomorrow. A perfect case in point is the city of Portland Maine, where the…

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20 States Raised Minimum Wages This Week

As the New Year arrived one week ago, so too did higher minimum wages in over three dozen state and local jurisdictions. The following 20 states along with 32 cities and counties raised their minimum wage on January 1: Arizona: $12.15; Alaska: $10.34; Arkansas: $11; California: $14 for large employers, $13 for small employers; Colorado:…

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More Municipal Mandates

It’s not only governors around the nation that are issuing edicts, imposing restrictions and otherwise getting their pound of flesh from small businesses, municipalities are doing their best as well. The City Council in Denver this week declined to pause the planned minimum wage increase in the Mile High City to $14.77 per hour effective…

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January 2021 Brings Many Changes

As we get closer to the turn of the calendar to 2021, many laws and regulatory requirements will change along with the New Year. It is not too early to focus on the specific changes that will impact your business and, over the course of the remaining issues of Small Regular No Sugar! that publish…

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Minnesota Court Upholds Local $15 Wage

Three years ago, the city of Minneapolis adopted its own local minimum wage in excess of the state minimum with a phase-in schedule bring the local wage to $15 per hour through the year 2024. Two days ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld that ordinance against a challenge brought by manufacturing company, Graco.  The international…

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Birmingham Wage Suit Dismissal Upheld

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of the lower court dismissing a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law banning local minimum wages. The Birmingham City Council approved a local minimum wage ordinance back in 2016 setting the minimum wage in the city at $10.10 per hour. In response, the state legislature passed…

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