With the coming new year, 13 states will be increasing their minimum wage.
Although Congress failed to raise the federal minimum wage, these states
have taken action to improve the pay of many minimum wage workers. And
another 11 states and the District of Columbia are considering taking
action in 2014. The push for an increase in minimum wage follows growing
concern about the disproportionate spread of low-wage workers, and the
need to increase the amount of disposable income lower income consumers
have in order improve local economies.
While the federal government has failed to raise minimum wage from its
current $7.25/hour, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ensures that all
workers receive at least that much.
If you have questions about whether you are receiving all the compensation
you are entitled to, or believe that you have not been paid all you deserve,
it is important to consult with a dedicated
Atlanta discrimination lawyer right away.
Many people involved in the fight to raise minimum wage believe that in
2014 even more states will raise their wages. According to a representative
of the National Employment Law Project “2014 is poised to be a turning
point,” “States are seeing the unemployment rate is going
down but job growth is disproportionately concentrated in low-wage industries.
(They’re) frustrated that Congress is dragging its feet.”
In fact, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island legislatures
voted to raise the minimum hourly wage by as much as $1, to $8 to $8.70,
by Wednesday. California’s minimum wage will be increased by $1
to $9, and will become effective as of. Other states increasing their
minimum wage include: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio,
Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New
Hampshire and South Dakota plan to consider minimum-wage hikes next year.
One of the reasons for the push has been an increased awareness of the
difficulty of making ends meet when earning minimum wage, partly fueled
by walkouts this year in at least 100 cities by fast-food workers who
are calling for $15-an-hour pay and the right to form unions. Wal-Mart
workers have staged similar protests.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3.6 million hourly
paid workers received wages at or below the federal minimum in 2012 –
almost 5% of all employees on hourly pay schedules. President Obama is
seeking to pass legislation lifting the federal minimum wage to $10.10
an hour in three steps over two years and then index it to inflation.
For more information or if you have any wage and hour questions, or believe
that you have not received all the pay you deserve, please contact the top
Georgia wage and hour attorneys at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.