Newsom Signs FAST Act into Law

As we suggested last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom wasted no time in signing into law the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After languishing in the state senate for the better part of the legislative session, the bill moved at breakneck speed over the last days of the session, passing with…

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Court Resets Minimum Wage

A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled this week that lawmakers violated the Michigan state constitution back in 2018 when they passed a pending ballot petition and then amended it to a format more to their liking. A provision in the state constitution, known as the adopt and amend provision seemingly allows the legislature to…

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DC Tip Credit Again Headed to Ballot

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away, but the District of Columbia Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of signatures gathered to certify Initiative 82 for the November ballot. The suit was filed by a local bartender who wants to continue to collect tips rather than be paid…

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A Minimum Wage Initiative Fails

Notwithstanding the difficulties small businesses continue to encounter in the current economy, the push to increase minimum wages continues to swirl, but this week we can at least report some good news on the subject. A proposed ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $15 an hour by 2028 has failed to…

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Starbucks

Earlier this month, Starbucks announced that it will increase the starting wage for its baristas in all stores to $12 an hour beginning in October. The company had previously announced plans for the across-the-board increase to take place in January, but pointed to better than expected performance to justify the early increases. Elsewhere, two baristas…

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Maine Court Blesses Hazard Pay

The Supreme Judicial Court in the state of Maine has unanimously approved a voter-initiated law that requires employers in Portland, the state’s largest city, to pay employees hazard wages equal to time and a half for any work performed during a declared state of emergency within the city. Disputes arose immediately after 62% of Portland…

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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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Restaurant Workers Sue Michigan

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) along with other advocacy groups One Fair Wage and Mothering Justice this week filed a lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleging that legislative changes made to the state minimum wage law were unconstitutional. To put the issue in context, One Fair Wage initiated a petition drive in 2018…

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Miscellaneous

A recent Rasmussen Poll shows that only 31 percent of Americans actually support increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Although other polls have indicated strong support for a higher wage across the country – 80 percent believe the minimum wage should be increased – almost 70 percent believe $15 is just too…

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