Latest Minimum wage News

California fast food workers now earn $20 per hour. Franchisees are responding by cutting hours.

Jul. 10, 2024 01:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawrence Cheng, whose family owns seven Wendy’s locations south of Los Angeles, took orders at the register on a recent day and emptied steaming hot baskets of French fries and chicken nuggets, salting them with a flourish. Cheng used to have nearly a dozen...

New law guarantees domestic workers minimum wage in Rhode Island

Jun. 27, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

Domestic workers in Rhode Island will now be paid the state's minimum wage under a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Daniel McKee. Traditionally, domestic workers haven’t been given that protection as the Rhode Island minimum wage has increased because under state law, they...

Trump is proposing to make tips tax-free. What would that mean for workers?

Jun. 21, 2024 00:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's new proposal to exclude tips from federal taxes is getting strong reviews from some Republican lawmakers, though major questions remain about the impact of the policy and how it would work. What's certain is that a change in the...

Massachusetts high court rules voters can decide question to raise wages for tipped workers

Jun. 13, 2024 13:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court has tossed out a challenge to a proposed ballot question that would raise the minimum wage businesses must pay to workers who rely on tips and permit tip pooling among both tipped and nontipped employees. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled...

Maine governor's vetoes sustained while lawmakers address late spending proposals

May. 11, 2024 10:52 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers sustained vetoes of bills to institute a minimum wage for farm workers and to ban so-called bump stocks that allow a gun to mimic a machine gun on Friday as they attempted to dispatch unfinished business including 80 late spending proposals. ...

Campaign to raise Missouri's minimum wage to $15 an hour confident it will get on the ballot

May. 01, 2024 18:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters on Wednesday got a step closer to getting to decide whether to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour, after a group behind the effort said it turned in nearly double the required number of signatures. The ballot measure backed by...

Maine governor vetoes bill to create a minimum wage for agricultural workers

Apr. 23, 2024 17:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor vetoed on Tuesday a bill to establish a minimum hourly wage for agricultural workers that she initially submitted herself. Gov. Janet Mills proposed setting the minimum wage for farm workers at $14.15 per hour. That is the same as...

New Mexico reaches settlement in 2017 wage-theft complaint after prolonged legal battle

Apr. 23, 2024 16:11 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor regulators on Tuesday announced a legal settlement that resolves longstanding accusations of unpaid wages against a restaurant business in northwestern New Mexico. The Workforce Solutions Department said in a news release that 505 Burgers...