The fight for an increased minimum wage is getting increased traction, with cities on both coasts taking action to raise the wage to $15/hour. In New York, the state has announced that all fast food workers’ wages should be raised to $15 from its current minimum wage of $8.75/hour. Similarly, the University of California has announced that its employees will be paid $15/hour. The U of California system is the first public university to make such a commitment. Other cities are also following suit such as Los Angles, Seattle and San Francisco.
Efforts are underway to increase the federal minimum wage as well. Pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act, (FLSA), employers are required to pay their employees at least $7.75/hour. Generally, where the city or state has a higher minimum wage, employees are entitled to the higher amount.
Earlier this year, Georgia lawmakers introduced legislation seeking to raise the minimum wage.
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