2009 Federal Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect July 24

On July 24, 2009 the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour. This is the third and final annual increase under the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. Many employers consider this increase bad timing, considering the current economic conditions. However, when the Fair Minimum Wage Act was passed in 2006, during […]

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Minimum Wage Laws Cost Busboys Their Jobs

The Wall Street Journal, which has been chronicling the nation’s economic woes industry by industry, today ran a a piece about the latest cost-cutting strategy being employed at some restaurants–letting the busboys go. Of course, this means that the wait staff must now clear tables and scrape dishes clean, tasks that most of them frown […]

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Come Morn and Minimum Wage Rates Will Rise

Some eleven states and two municipalities are raising their minimum wage hourly rates on New Year’s Day 2009, topped by the City of Santa Fe with its $9.92 rate (closely followed by San Francisco at $9.79). Heading the states is Washington at $8.55 an hour. For a full list, check out this site. The federal […]

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FMLA, Minimum Wage Law Changes Abound in 2009

I won’t even begin to get into the changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) coming into force on Jan. 16, 2009, but as many have mentioned, the FMLA Final Rule (registered on Nov. 17) is a boon to families of service members and to employers, the latter of whom now get a better […]

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Minimum Wage Laws in America’s Priciest Cities

Regardless of what you think of minimum wage laws (business owners generally hate them while workers and advocates generally favor them), it’s pretty hard to survive on a minimum-wage existence. Consider this:  San Francisco and Santa Fe, two cities that maintain their own minimum wage laws (which are higher than both the federal and state […]

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