Two significant studies issued this week conclude benefits exist from paying
Americans more. First, a
New York study found that “living wage” requirements on businesses that receive
government subsidies do not negatively impact job and business creation,
debunking notions that “living wage” laws hurt competition
and local economies. The study looked at 15 states across the country
that had living wage laws tied to subsidies. Research concluded that the
cities that had “living wages” tied to subsidies had the same
level of business growth as those cities without such laws. Further, the
results revealed that these laws do not harm low-wage workers.
new study published in the November issue of the journal
The Review of Economics and Statisticsconcluded that increasing the minimum wage does not lead to the short-
or long-term loss of low-paying jobs. As noted by a Harvard University
professor, “this is one of the best and most convincing minimum
wage papers in recent years.” The study’s authors noted that
an entire generation of previous minimum wage studies that found negative
effects of jobs were fundamentally flawed.
Increasing the minimum wage has significant benefits such as stimulating
the economy by putting more money in the pockets of those most likely
to spend it on necessities.
The federal minimum wage was first adopted as part of the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 1938, and is currently $7.25, although 32 states have minimum
wages higher than the federal level. Despite having a low minimum wage,
many employers still try to avoid paying workers the full amount they
are entitled to, often by not fully compensating employees for each hour
worked, by miscategorizing a worker’s employment status, or by other
If you have been denied minimum wage,
contact The Buckley Law Firm, LLC, dedicated to protecting employee’s rights
in the workplace.