A movement is underway in Congress to raise the
federal minimum wage from $7.25 to as much as $10. Under current federal employment law –
the Fair Labor Standards Act [FLSA] – employers are required to
pay workers at least $7.25 an hour. Several states including New York,
New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and elsewhere are pushing to raise the
minimum wage above the federal level in their own states, arguing that
$7.25 an hour is too meager for anyone to live on. Despite some opposition,
this proposal is gaining momentum in Congress.
If you believe your employer has failed to pay you the wages you are entitled
to, you may be able to file a wage and hour case against them for back
wages. If you have any questions about minimum wage or your pay, it is
important to contact an experienced
Atlanta wage and hour lawyer to discuss your situation and determine your next steps.
Congress last passed a bill to increase minimum wages in 2006, phasing
in higher rates over several years. Although some states raise the minimum
wage automatically every year as the cost of living increases, federal
law does not provide for an automatic increase.
In addition to helping families who get by on minimum wage, benefits of
increasing the minimum wage include stimulating local economies by giving
individuals more money to spend on necessities like food and clothing,
which may in turn spawn new jobs.
As stated by Senator Tom Harkin, head of the Senate Labor Committee, “Establishing
a reasonable minimum wage is the simplest thing we can do to help hard-working
families make ends meet, join the middle class, and help move the economy
In 2010, 1.8 million hourly workers earned exactly the prevailing federal
minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, according to federal data.
For more information or if you believe your employer has not paid you the
wages you are entitled to, please contact the dedicated
Georgia minimum wage lawyers The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.