A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a ruling that bars — at least temporarily — the new U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule from going into effect in all 50 states.
This week, the city councils of Minneapolis and Cleveland rejected minimum wage increase proposals; Colorado took a step towards putting a statewide minimum wage initiative on the November ballot; and Iowa’s Linn County supervisors are voting on whether to draft a minimum wage ordinance.
Despite protests from business groups, in Washington, D.C., the mayor's minimum wage increase proposal moved forward; in Cleveland, the mayor and city council president urged defeat of a city-only $15 per hour minimum wage.
The 2016–17 New York State budget will increase the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. To ensure a successful transition, ABA is calling on the governor to take action to support the state’s Main Street retailers and small businesses that will bear the brunt of the increase.
Following negotiations that did not include the state’s business community, California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a deal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for all businesses by 2023.
In this op-ed from the January 24 edition of the Albany Times-Union, Susan Novotny of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza and Market Block Books explains why it is crucial that small business owners have a voice in discussions to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.