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Minnesota Minimum Wage to Increase to $9.50 by 2016

Minnesota Minimum Wage to Increase to $9.50 by 2016

  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota workers earning the minimum wage will see yearly raises under a bill given final approval Thursday that pushes the hourly rate to $9.50 by 2016 and enables automatic increases in the future.  The bill gives Minnesota one of the nation’s most generous pay floors after years of being [...]
Obama Takes Aim at Gender Pay on Equal Pay DayWASHINGTON (AP) — In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women’s wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of “gumming up the works” on [...]
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After Senate Approval, Aid for 2M Jobless Workers in DoubtWASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession.  “As many Americans continue to struggle without benefits, we respectfully [...]
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Underemployment Rates for Blacks, Latinos Remain HighWASHINGTON (AP) — African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with Whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says. The annual report, called “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” [...]
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Connecticut’s Hourly $10.10 Minimum Wage a 1st  NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation on March 27 that will raise Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the highest rate for any state in the country. Surrounded by state lawmakers and officials, Malloy appeared at a packed Café Beauregard, the same New Britain restaurant [...]
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Lawsuit Filed in Wash. by Former Worker Over $15 Wage  A former employee of an airport parking lot company has filed a class action suit in Washington state alleging workers were not paid $15 per hour, as required under a new voter-approved law. Instead, Lou Lehman and about 40 other employees of Extra Car Airport Parking were paid between $10 and $11 per hour, [...]
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Fast-Food Workers Call for Better Pay, End to ‘Wage Theft’NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of the fast-food protests for higher pay on Tuesday shifted their attention to another issue: “wage theft.” Protesters rallied outside McDonald’s restaurants in cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami to call attention to the denial of overtime pay and other violations they say deprive workers of [...]
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Senators Unveil $9.7 Billion Deal to Extend Jobless BenefitsWASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan Senate bargainers ended a long-running election-season standoff and struck a compromise renewing expired jobless benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest, the lawmakers said Thursday. Approval of the $9.7 billion measure seemed likely by the Democratic-led Senate when it returns [...]
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McDonald’s Investigates Claims That Workers Aren’t Paid  NEW YORK (AP) — Several lawsuits filed against McDonald’s on behalf of workers recently say the fast-food chain engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying employees what they’re owed.  The suits were filed during the week of March 10 in California, Michigan and New York against McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees. They [...]
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Obama Approves Overtime Pay Rules for Salaried WorkersWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Labor to devise new overtime rules to make more workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay. The memorandum is one of the most far-reaching executive actions by the president this year. New rules would likely not take effect until 2015. Obama has [...]
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