New Impetus for $15/hour Minimum Wage

With former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg participating in the Democratic Presidential debate in Nevada this week, his position on issues the democrats have been debating may provide more impetus for their consideration. As a case in point, let’s look at the question of increasing the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15/hour. Although…

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RI Senate Approves $1 Minimum Wage Increase

For the second straight year, the Rhode Island state senate has passed a new increase in the state minimum wage that could take effect on October 1, 2020 – just over one month before Election Day. The proposal, which increases the current state minimum of $10.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour, must still pass…

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Vermont Upholds Paid Leave Veto, Waits on Wage Hike

Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill last Friday that would have mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees in the Green Mountain state but that veto was upheld this week by the Vermont House of Representatives. Despite holding a so-called “supermajority”, the democrat-controlled House fell one vote shy of the 100 needed…

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Pennsylvania Expands Overtime Coverage

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had asked the legislature to reach a compromise and present him with a bill increasing the state minimum wage. The legislature couldn’t agree by the deadline Governor Wolf set and the state regulatory apparatus flexed its muscle. The state labor department proposed new increased salary thresholds for overtime exemption and the…

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Ohio Advocates Pushing Wage Ballot Question

Union advocates in Ohio are focusing on increasing the state minimum wage of $8.70 per hour through a ballot initiative this fall. Ohioans for Raising the Wage, a group comprised of SEIU members along with others from the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Unity Coalition and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, have filed a petition with…

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Fight for $15 Active Again in New Year

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) sponsored advocacy group, Fight for $15, continues to push for increased wage minimums in a host of states around the country. The most recent example of their ongoing efforts was seen in the state of New Hampshire, where the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to raise…

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Florida, Chicago & Denver on Minimum Wages

As we’ve anticipated, the Florida Minimum Wage petition has met the signature threshold and is headed for the ballot in November 2020. The Florida Division of Elections has officially certified over 768,000 voter signatures (766,200 are required for 2020 petitions). The petition, which will appear on the 2020 ballot as Amendment 2, will increase the…

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Florida Wage Petition Closer to Ballot

With minimum wage increases staying in the forefront in a number of jurisdictions across the country, the state of Florida is likewise moving closer to putting the question of raising the state minimum wage on the November 2020 ballot. Florida for a Fair Wage, the primary PAC behind the measure, has thus far submitted just…

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Labor Backs Wage Hikes, Then Limits on Automation

After supporting minimum wage increases just about anywhere and everywhere that they are proposed, organized labor is now looking at the resulting turn toward automation with an eye on restricting or limiting such business options. In Oregon, where the current minimum wage for most counties is $11.25 an hour ($11 in non-urban counties and $12.50…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve done periodically over the past year, we want to advise you of some changes in various state laws that may impact your businesses so you’ll be better prepared when the calendar turns to October. Those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Oregon may want to…

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