During this week’s the State of the Union address President Obama
revealed his plan to hike the minimum wage to $10.10/from $7.25 for federal
employees through the use of an Executive Order.
Obama stated, “Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about twenty
percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here. Tom Harkin
and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage
to $10.10. This will help families. It will give businesses customers
with more money to spend. It doesn’t involve any new bureaucratic
program. So join the rest of the country. Say yes. Give America a raise.”
If you are a minimum wage worker, it is critical to understand how minimum
wage laws affect you and ensure that you are receiving all the compensation
you are entitled to. If you have questions about minimum wage laws, or
are concerned you’re not receiving all the wages you should, it
is important to consult with a topGeorgia wage and hour lawyer right away.
While this increase only applies to federal workers, it is hoped that this
move will fuel congress to pass a law raising the federal minimum wage
from its current $7.25/hour and help low wage workers bring home more
in their weekly paychecks.
Many states also have minimum wage laws. Some state laws provide greater
employee protections; employers must comply with both.
As stated by one observer “the president’s action adds momentum
to the fight for a federal minimum wage increase that would benefit all
Over the past year, many lower wage workers have organized place pressure
on Congress to take action on moving the federal minimum wage in line
with what economists say it should be. Economists believe that raising
the minimum wage to $10.10 would restore the buying power minimum wage
workers have lost to inflation since the 1960s, lift 6 million workers
out of poverty, reduce the cost of public assistance programs significantly,
and boost the country’s economic output by $22 billion per year.
Unfortunately, even at the current minimum wage rate, employers may try
to skirt minimum wage laws and violate the FLSA by not compensating workers
for all hours worked.
If you have questions about minimum wage or believe that you may not have
received all the compensation you are entitled to please contact the leading
Atlanta minimum wage attorney at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC right away for an immediate consultation.