Minimum Wage: Basics You Should Know

Evil HR Lady

Minimum wage laws require that you pay your employees at a certain level, but even that can vary depending on whether an employee receives tips or not. Federal law requires that all workers earn a minimum wage in each state. In most states, employees who receive tips can be paid a lower wage of $2.13 per hour, but their tips must be enough to make their total compensation meet the minimum wage, which is $7.25

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Why It Matters: The Minimum Wage Debate

Career Realism

Minimum wage is currently a hot topic everywhere. Nationally, there's ongoing debate about raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, while at the state level many local governments are wrestling with their own minimum wage increase proposals as they keep an eye on things on the federal level. The Effort To Raise Minimum Wage The U.S. There are 18 states scheduled to make adjustments to their minimum wages in 2020.

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Staff Development, Benefits & Compensation for Low-Wage Workers


Those who work in low-wage jobs are often left out of the conversation. Why Low-Wage Workers Matter. of American workers are in low-wage jobs. 1 The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2013, nearly two-thirds of workers in jobs that pay federal minimum wage or less are in the service industry. The answer to how we better engage and develop our low-wage employees is a mix of compensation, benefits and staff development.

What Will Wage Growth Look Like in 2016?


Wage growth is a thornier subject than it first appears. In other words, while wage growth may seem simple – average wages went up in America in 2015 and that’s grand! Total compensation, the shape of the economy and even your geography have so much to do with the impact of wage growth, and how that impact is felt. Since the 2008 crash wage growth has been slow in America. While job growth was strong in 2015, wage growth lagged at 2.5%

2016 55

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Know Nothing About Tipped Wages

Evil HR Lady

This is why Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s campaign to raise the tipped minimum wage to at least the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 Minimum wage is still $7.25 per hour (federally) or whatever your state minimum wage is. To keep reading, click here: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Know Nothing About Tipped Wages. The post Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Know Nothing About Tipped Wages appeared first on Evil HR Lady. $2.13

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What Sheryl Sandberg Doesn’t Understand about Minimum Wage and Childcare

Evil HR Lady

She writes: To start, it’s long past time to raise the federal minimum wage. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. Raising the wage would reduce pay inequality and help millions of families living in or near poverty. It sounds good but raising the federal minimum wage means you raise the cost of everything. Raising the minimum wage.

2017 137

Why the New York Times Endorsed a $0 Minimum Wage (and You Should Too)

Evil HR Lady

The minimum wage is almost always a matter of controversy. Right now, people are pushing for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Current federal law requires $7.25 So, why did the New York Times argue for a removal of the minimum wage altogether ? Here’s their logic: An increase in the minimum wage…would restore the purchasing power of bottom-tier wages. per hour for non-tipped jobs, with many states having higher levels.

Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show


Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show. TOPIC: Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show. Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show. New Economic Research Backs Overwhelming Public Support for Minimum Wage Increases to Help Rebuild Economy. An increase in the minimum wage could help bolster the sluggish economic recovery, according to two new, groundbreaking studies. Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show.

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Pros and Cons of Florida Voting in the $15 Minimum Wage - It's Complicated.

The HR Capitalist

By now, most of us have reached a steady state conceptually related to raising the minimum wage. Reasonable people can agree that we should pay people as close to a living wage as we possible can, right? 2--The big hidden cost here is wage compression in any organization.

Do Employees Read Break Room Signage Anyway?


Back in 2009, I was the HR Director at OfficeMax and had to update my break room posters after the Federal minimum wage rate changed. Except the signs were on backorder, and I was forced to order the new 5 in 1 Federal poster from GNeil instead. Good Thing the Federal Labor Relations Board Doesn’t Deal with the Company Fridge. Do Employees Read Break Room Signage Anyway?

2012 101

4 Sates Voted to Raise Their Minimum Wage


4 states voted to raise their minimum wage. Washington, Arizona, Main and Colorado all voted to increase their minimum wages with wide margins. A ballot initiative in South Dakota to lower the minimum wage for minors, however, was soundly defeated. This will put all 4 states above the federal minimum wage of $8.25, but only by 2020. HR minimum wage

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“Vacation and Vacation Pay – 50 Frequently Asked Questions”

Sklover Working Wisdom

federal law does not require any paid vacation days, and I know of no state laws, either, that require that employers provide employees with paid vacation days. . The laws that apply to employees generally follow this rule: the state laws that apply to benefits and wages is the state law of the state in which you “sit” while you do most of your work. It is like trading away your right to minimum wage, or a safe workplace: it just will not pass legal muster.

2014 125

Why Minimum Wage Is A Women’s Issue

Career Realism

You might’ve already heard about President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour in an effort to tie in earnings with the cost of living – something several Americans have been struggling with, especially women. Why is the minimum wage a women’s issue? Bureau of Labor statistics, which illustrated the fact that 64 percent of minimum wage workers were women. million adult women (age 20 or older) who only earn the minimum wage.

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6.8 Million People Got a Raise Yesterday. Were You One?

Evil HR Lady

Twenty-one states had minimum wage increases go into effect yesterday –and Delaware had one go into effect in October. The federal minimum wage stays put at $7.25, but states are free to create their own minimum wage–whichever is higher (federal or state) is the legal lower limit for salaries. Twenty-one states use the federal minimum wage, but the rest have higher minimum wages.

2020 122

“How can I get an extension to file a lawsuit on my own?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

In Canada, statutes of limitation are established by both the federal and the provincial governments. . after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission permits a person to sue for discrimination in Federal Court, that person has just ninety days to do so, and the Courts have said that parties to the lawsuit have no ability to extend that deadline, even if they wish to or have agreed to. . Question: Alan, I have a legal claim and would like to file a lawsuit.

2013 109

Ensuring Employers Are Properly Paying You

Ms. Career Girl

Before you embark on the perilous journey of investing more time into your employer, here are a few aspects of wage law that you should know about. Receiving an hourly wage will qualify you for being paid for every hour worked. Receiving an hourly wage might ensure you get paid for every hour worked, but it will not necessarily guarantee overtime pay (OT). And the base overtime pay is 1 and 1/2 of their normal wage. Featured Money hourly money overtime salary wage

2015 122

Overtime Pay: 80% of American Employees are Entitled. Are you?

Sklover Working Wisdom

And, by federal law, Melanie might even be entitled to double that amount, that is, $230,000. Still further, by federal law, Melanie might also be entitled to interest on what she was owed, attorneys fees and Court costs if she went to court. are entitled to time-and-one-half pay for any hours they put in over 40 in a week, by a federal law called the Fair Labor Standards Act, or “FLSA” for short. times the minimum wage. “I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need.

2012 175

“How can I get some needed relief from FMLA-retaliation?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

I am presently out on an approved federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave of absence for the permitted 12 weeks. As to you, your employer and your FMLA legal rights, I strongly suggest you file a FMLA Complaint about how you have been treated with the federal agency that is there to help taxpayers like you on matters of FMLA: the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor. Overtime, Commissions, Unpaid Wages O.

2010 109

boss said she’d give me a great reference but she didn’t, jobs advertised for less than minimum wage, and more

Ask a Manager

I saw a job advertised for less than minimum wage. I am job searching and just came across a job that pays less than minimum wage. Minimum wage in New York city and state recently increased and in the city, the minimum wage is $13/hour for businesses with 11 or more employees and $12/hour for those with less. So it’s possible that if they offered you the job, you’d find that they were offering it to you at the higher, legal wage.

2018 31

Let’s Eat! Meal Break Policies & Employee Compliance


FEDERAL AND STATE REQUIREMENTS. According to the Department of Labor , federal law does not require meal breaks. HR Brinker Decision department of labor employee breaks HR policy meal breaks wage and hour compliance The holidays are winding down, and all that remains of your Christmas meal is the leftovers you took to work for lunch.

“If I am terminated for cause, can accumulated leave time and comp time be denied me?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

By federal law all employees (other than executives, professionals and managers) must be paid at an overtime rate (time-and-one-half) after 40 hours of work in a week. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (often called “FLSA”) requires such “overtime pay.” By federal and state law, all kinds of payment for work must be paid upon separation; there are only a few exceptions, and “comp time” is not one of them.

2011 116

“What can I do if I was put on a Performance Improvement Plan in.

Sklover Working Wisdom

I used the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and stayed at home with my daughter for 12 weeks. When I returned I was assigned to a very different position, and because of that I filed a Complaint with the federal Department of Labor (“DOL”), which handles FMLA violations. Overtime, Commissions, Unpaid Wages O. Blog » “What can I do if I was put on a Performance Improvement Plan in response to my taking a FMLA leave of absence?”

2010 109

“Is there a limit to how many hours I can be required to work?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

federal law that governs most employment matters, the Fair Labor Standards Act (commonly known as “FLSA”) has no limit on the number of hours an employee can be required to work. b) “Safety-related” Occupations: Federal laws also strictly regulate how many hours a day or a week certain occupations can work for safety reasons, including airline pilots and physicians – especially interns and residents in physician training. Question: Hi, Alan.

2013 109

Did You Know That. ?

Sklover Working Wisdom

Published on August 28th, 2010 by Alan Sklover Under the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), while most people are entitled to take a leave of absence for up to 12 weeks care for themselves or a family member who is ill, a spouse, child, parent or next of kin of a member of the U.S. Overtime, Commissions, Unpaid Wages O. Blog » Did You Know That. ? Did You Know That. ?

2010 109

“How do I pick a good employment attorney to represent me?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Published on July 8th, 2010 by Alan Sklover Question: I have filed a claim of discrimination with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Overtime, Commissions, Unpaid Wages O. Blog » “How do I pick a good employment attorney to represent me?” “How How do I pick a good employment attorney to represent me?”

2010 116

“Why is it acceptable to expect someone to work 60 to 70 hours a week?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

As just a few examples, our society has (a) outlawed slavery as cruel and inhumane, (b) outlawed child labor, as not conducive to the education and growth of our children in their more tender years, (c) established minimum wage laws, so that all employees must be paid at least a certain amount of income, and live a certain minimal economic level, and (d) enacted occupational safety laws, so that fewer people get injured on the job.

2012 126

should our office stop cake collections, disclosing a wage garnishment, and more

Ask a Manager

When should I disclose a wage garnishment? However, because of a silly mistake in my earlier years, I have a wage garnishment from my state for a speeding ticket that I completely forgot about. Also, it might give you some peace of mind to know that federal law prohibits employers from firing someone for having one wage garnishment (although it doesn’t prohibit it for two or more garnishments). It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

The U.S. has waged a war on jobs


has waged a war on jobs. Im not an economist, labor or otherwise, but simple observation suggests one significant contributor to the nations job crisis -- for a long time, maybe even decades, we have been waging war on jobs and those who hold them. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. million in back wages, damages for more than 4,500 Misclassified Wal-Mart workers. Be our Friend.

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6 Ways to Advance Gender Equality in the C-Suite


President Obama requiring federal contractors to file employee salary data with the government will encourage companies to move toward transparency. HR Leadership c suite diversity gender pay gap gender wage gap leadership lists STEM women in STEM women leadersThis blog first appeared on The Economist’s Executive Education blog here.

2016 59

HR TROLLS: Thinking Unemployment on Steroids Means You Have a Compensation Problem.

The HR Capitalist

The theory, which many of you know, goes like this - once a potential candidate adds up the state and federal unemployment and is earning the equivalent of 40-55K annualized (depends on your state benefit level), it's hard to get them to come back to a $15-20 an hour job.

2020 145

6 Profitable Jobs in the Public Sector

Career Alley

The Federal Government employs numerous staff members to run its myriad state and local government affairs. To put that another way, the Federal government employed approximately 21,925 staff members for every 315,255 local residents. They offer better wages in comparison to similar private sector jobs at the same skill level/grade. In 2011, the National Average Wage Index stood at $42, 976. Public service attendants in large bustling cities earn quite decent wages.

2013 231

What Happens When I’m Forced to Go Non-Exempt?

Evil HR Lady

With all this talk of the changes to exempt federal minimum wage, I have some questions. I’ve already heard rumors in my company that their intentions are to make the exempt employees who are making less than the proposed new minimum wage into nonexempt employees and schedule us for 36 hours per week. I have been an exempt supervisor for the past ten years.

2015 178

I’m not eligible for raises (but my coworkers are)

Evil HR Lady

All payroll raises for our direct care staff, along with their managers, directors, trainers, and in-house investigators, are billed back to the state or federal government for reimbursement. It’s legal as long as you’re making minimum wage. A reader asks.

2021 225

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Time Off Requests

The Corporate Con/noisseur

Understanding the nuances of the law is also important in ensuring that you provide an accurate and fair wage model to your employees and staff. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the law creates a right to a federal minimum wage rate and a time-and-a-half overtime pay for specific employees.

2020 52

Google Forced to Post Employee Rights (Your Employee Should Have the Same Rights)

Evil HR Lady

Most of these, such as the right to discuss your salary with coworkers, the right to unionize, and the right not to be retaliated against, are standard rights protected by the federal government. For instance, there is this (formatting is in the original): YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to discuss wages, hours, and working conditions with other employees, the press/media, and other third parties, and WE WILL NOT do anything to interfere with your exercise of those rights.

2019 124

5 Hot Careers for Criminal Justice Majors

Career Alley

According to BLS, the median annual wage for lawyers was $112,760 in May 2010. They have the option to work for local, state or federal agencies, while obeying a strict code of conduct related to law enforcement and maintaining integrity of the uniform they wear. It can help you find a job and excel in urban departments and federal agencies. Federal Marshals. Federal Marshals are important members working for the executive branch of the US government.

2014 314

Is Your Small Business Breaking Labor Laws? 5 Mistakes to Avoid


But it’s still your responsibility to know which federal, state and local labor laws apply to you and to stay in compliance with them. Federal law doesn’t require you to give your employees meal or 15-minute breaks. Even if an employee leaves your company on poor terms, you have to give him or her that last paycheck — to not do so is wage theft. Many small business owners fail to comply with state and federal labor regulations, but you don’t want to be one of them.

2019 109

HEY HR FOODIES: Stop Dreaming About Opening a Restaurant - Here's Why.

The HR Capitalist

Rents are astronomical, the complaint goes; wages are rising, regulations are byzantine, and don’t even talk about the price of fresh produce. More from the NYT: The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that annual mean restaurant wages in New York City in 2015 were about $49,000 for a head chef, $28,580 for a cook and $29,290 for a server. Wages were lower in Los Angeles: $40,740 for a head chef, $25,300 for a cook and $27,570 for a server.

2016 124

Any ways to get satisfaction after resigning?

Sklover Working Wisdom

A pointer here: your letter should be sent by what we call “verifiable means,” that is, email, federal express or UPS, Certified Mail, or hand-delivery. If you believe that the motivation for what happened to you was your age, race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, pregnancy, or other “protected category,” you have every right to file a complaint with a city, state or federal agency whose job it is to investigate such complaints.

2016 131

Key Benefits To Keep In Mind When Looking For Work Out Of State

Corn on the Job

Financial Remuneration Laws Including Minimum Wage. While the federal minimum wage remains $7.25, many states have successfully drafted and passed their own legislation on acceptable minimum wages. At the beginning of 2020, 21 states raised their minimum wages.

2020 74

Hiring Your First Employees: Making the Move from Small Business to Employer

Ms. Career Girl

Businesses need to withhold federal income tax, social security and Medicare taxes from employees’ paychecks. Additionally, your business will need to pay Federal Unemployment Tax out of its own funds.

2020 153

That Facebook Viral Video about How It’s Impossible to Get Overtime Pay? False.

Evil HR Lady

The last viral video I saw about wages, was Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda touting their own ignorance about how waitstaff are paid. If so the Federal government says you don’t need overtime.” Two days ago, another comedian, Trae Crowder , posted a video claiming that very few people receive overtime pay in the US because evil companies can simply change your title.

2018 126

Did You Know That. ?

Sklover Working Wisdom

At this time across the nation there are many successful lawsuits being brought by former interns against their former “employers” seeking wages and overtime they claim they are entitled to under the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or “FLSA.”. Interns do not have protection under discrimination and harassment laws, according to many Courts.

2013 136