States Looking at Minimum Wages, Both Ways

The minimum wage issue continues to be debated in a number of state houses across the country, with several looking to roll back new mandates. In Arkansas, republican state senator Bob Ballinger filed legislation to partially undo a ballot initiative passed by the state voters in November. Senate Bill 115 would exempt anyone under the…

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Maximum Movements on Minimum Wages

The current push for increasing minimum wages really began back in 2012, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing much at all. But first, let’s look at the exception that proves the rule. With democrat Gretchen Whitmer poised to take over as Michigan Governor from republican incumbent Rick Snyder, the republican state senate voted Wednesday…

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Minimum Wage Hikes in 2019

With the New Year just one month away, it seems timely to advise our subscribers of the increases that will become effective with the turn of the calendar on New Year’s Day. There are a number of municipalities along with twenty states where the legal minimum wage will increase on January 1, either adjusted by…

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Washington DC Wage & Paid Leave Drama

We could have just lumped the Nation’s Capital into the above paragraph, but there always seems to be more to DC than meets the eye. Initiative 77, which would have increased the District minimum wage to $15/hour and eliminated the tipped wage by 2026, was passed by the voters in June of this year. Throughout…

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Cook County Sick Leave Mandate

Back at the local level, a handful of communities within Cook County in Illinois have reversed earlier decisions to opt out of the Cook County paid sick leave mandate and are now opting in. Northbrook became the latest when it reconsidered and opted in to mandate that its employers provide workers up to 40 hours…

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Missouri Ballot Incentive

For those in the state of Missouri who may need a little extra incentive to get out and vote next Tuesday, there is a question on the ballot that brings the issue of minimum wage home to roost – should the state mandate a minimum wage of $12 per hour by the year 2022? If…

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NJ Wage Increases

With its minimum wage now tied to inflation, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the minimum wage in January 2019 will increase to $8.85 per hour. The minimum wage hike, put in place by New Jersey voters in a 2014 referendum, brought the wage up to the current $8.60 and then tied it to inflation…

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DC Council Votes To Repeal Initiative 77

The voters approved it back in June by a margin of 56-44%, but members of the DC City Council have a different view of its cost/benefit. By a vote of 8-5, the council passed the first of 2 votes required to formally repeal the law which is slated to completely eliminate the tipped wage by…

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The A’s Have It

Media outlets have been all over the announcement this week by Amazon that the company will raise the current $11/hour minimum wage for its lowest employees across the United States to $15 an hour beginning November 1 of this year. Voters in Arkansas will likely be asked next month to consider increasing the current state…

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