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New Push for $15.00 Minimum Wages After Mid-Term Elections

Minimum wages laws could be changing nationwide in the upcoming legislative sessions.  As the new year approaches and this year’s legislative sessions wind down, we look to the future of Minimum Wage laws.

Congressional lawmakers in Washington may seek to raise the federal minimum wage in the upcoming sessions of congress. The current federal minimum wage $7.25 an hour for close to 10 years. Congress members may introduce a new or modified version of the the Raise the Wage Act,  to raise the federal minimum progressively to $15.00 over 7 years.  The law will allow employers time to plan and may lead to job cuts.

The Raise the Wage Act seeks to set automatic increases to the minimum wage linked to median wage growth for the U.S. labor work force. The the Raise the Wage Act, would  progressively eliminate the lower minimum wage for waiters and servers and bartenders and other tipped workers. The tipped workers now make far less in minimum wages per hour. The Raise the Wage Act also provides protections for disabled workers who are often paid less than the minimum wage. The Raise the Wage Act seeks to offer protections for low wage workers.

Local lawmakers in cities across the us including Milwaukee Wisconsin and Detroit Michigan passed $15.00 minimum wage laws in the November 2018 elections.

Other states may be compelled to raise their own minimum wages as more municipalities make the choice to raise minimum wages to $15.00 per hour.  New York is on track to be a $15.00 minimum wage state in the coming years.

If  you have minimum wages questions or have been denied pay or wages or minimum wage or overtime pay, contact Berlingieri Law, PLLC for a free consultation.