This year there’s been an ongoing debate in Congress concerning raising
the federal minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage is just $7.25/hour
with the minimum cash wage for tipped workers $2.13/hour. Further, because
these amounts are not adjusted for inflation the amount minimum wage workers
take home is becoming increasingly tight. In fact, single parent households
making minimum wage with two kids falls thousands of dollars below the
poverty line. Making matters worse, in certain situations employers may
fail to pay workers the total amount of compensation they are entitled
to as the result of errors in employee classification, not paying workers
the full amount for time required to be at work, or other violations of
the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
If you have questions concerning your pay and whether you are receiving
all of the compensation you are entitled to, seek the advice of an experienced
Atlanta minimum wage lawyer right away.
Although any decision on raising the minimum wage will not be made for
some time, momentum is gaining in support of an upward adjustment. The
Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has just released new
minimum wage statistics showing the benefits to entire communities both socially and economically
when the minimum wage is raised. Raising the minimum wage to $9.80 over
three years (and adjust for inflation after that) and the cash minimum
wage for tipped workers to 70 percent of the minimum wage would lift the
wages of more than 28 million workers, the majority of whom (55 percent)
Further, the report shows that raising the minimum wage would create an
estimated 100,000 new jobs by putting money in the pockets of people who
are ready to spend it on goods and services, thus increasing consumer
demand. Raising the federal minimum wage would also provide local benefits.
In Georgia nearly one million workers may be affected by an increase in
minimum wage. This would translate into an improved standard of living for many.
For more information or if you believe you have not been receiving all
of the wages you are entitled to, please contact the top
Georgia wage and hour lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC right away.