Illinois and Nevada to Up Minimum Wage Rates on July 1

While most states are staying pat and one–Colorado–has actually lowered its minimum wage rate in 2010, Nevada and Illinois are bucking the trend with upticks coming July 1. Acting in accord with an amendment to the Nevada Constitution added in 2006, Labor Commissioner Michael Tanchek announced that his department is increasing the state minimum wage […]

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No Inflation, So No Minimum Wage Hikes in 10 States

Beleaguered employers who struggle to make ends meet in tough times can take a breather this year as ten states that tie their minimum wage into the inflation rate will be holding rates steady this year. Reason: There is no inflation; rather there’s deflation. States use different statistical measures and time-frames (July to July, September to […]

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Low-Wage American Workers Report Widespread Abuse

A study done by the Center for Urban Economic Development, the National Employment Law Project, and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment has turned up some startling statistics revealing persistent wage abuse. Surveying 4,300 low-wage workers in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, the consortium found that: 26 percent reported being paid […]

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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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Are New Minimum Wages Fueling Layoffs?

Many have argued that minimum wage laws price certain people out of the job market skill-wise and also lead to layoffs as small businesses cope with their finances and the added burden of higher wages. In this light, it’s notable that fully 40 percent of the 693,000 who lost their jobs in the latest ADP […]

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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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