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2016:

Chicago, IL: $10.50 by July 2016

Emeryville, Ca to $14.82 by July 2016

Lexington County, Ky: to $8.20 by July 2016

Los Angeles, Ca to $10.50 by July 2016

Maryland to $8.75 by July 2016 

Multnomah County, Ore to $15 by July 2016

Oregon to $9.50/$9.75 by July 2016

Pasadena, CA to $10.50 by July 2016

Washington D.C. to $11.50 by July 2016

Minnesota to $9.50 by Aug. 2016

Berkeley, Ca.: $12.53 by Oct 2016

Montgomery county, Ma to $9.55 by Oct 2016

Prince George's County, Ma to 10.75 by Nov. 2016

NYC: fast food and state workers: $12 by Dec. 2016 

New York: fast food and state workers: $10.75 by July 2016

After 2016:

Arkansas: $8.50 by 2017

Bangor, ME: $9.75 by 2019

Chicago, IL: $13.00 by July 2019

Connecticut to $10.10 by 2017

Emeryville, Ca to $16.42 by 2020

Hawaii to $10.10 by 2018

Las Cruces, NM to $10.10 by 2019

Lexington County, Ky: to $10.10 by 2018

Longbeach, Ca to $13 by 2019

Los Angeles, Ca to $15 by July 2020

Maryland to $10.10 by 2018 

Massachusetts to $11 by 2017

Mass. Home care workers to $15 by Jan. 2018

Michigan to $9.25 by 2018  

Missoula, MT non-union city workers to $15 by Jan. 2018

Montgomery county, Ma to $11.50 by 2018

Mountain View, NY: to $15 by Jan. 2018

New York to $15 by 2021

Oregon to $12.50/$14.75 by 2022

Pasadena, Ca to $13.25 by July 2018

Portland, ME to $10.68 by 2017

Prince George's County, Ma to 11.50 by Nov. 2018

Richmond, Ca to $13 by Jan 2020

Sacramento, Ca to $12.50 by 2020

San Diego (Cal.) to $11.50 by 2017

San Francisco: $15 by 2018

Santa Monica: $15 by 2020

Seattle to $15 by 2017

Vermont to $10.50 by 2018

NYC: fast food and state workers: $15 by Dec. 2018 

New York: fast food and state workers: $15 by July 2021

Buffalo/Rochester NY municipal workers: $15 by 2021

Monday April 18, 2016 is the finale deadline for filing your 2015 income tax return, unless you file an extension with form 4868, you will have until October 17, 2016. Click on Income Tax 2015 to read more about individual income tax rates, deductions and exemptions.

03/07/16 -  Executive Order 13706, “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors,” provides up to seven days of paid sick leave annually for federal contractors and subcontractors. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that it strives to publish a final rule by September 30, 2016, according to Lexology, and it will take effect for certain contracts and subcontracts entered into on or after January 1, 2017. 

03/08/2016 - March 8th marks the 105th International Women's Day, an event that got its start when 15,000 women marched through New York City to demand voting rights and better working conditions. A century later the event's original aim of full gender parity has yet to be realized. Annual pay for women equals men's salaries of a decay ago - women in the U.S. earn nowadays only 79% of men's median earnings. Therefor this year's International Women's day theme is "Planet 50-50 by 2013" putting an expiration date on gender inequality

02/18/2016 - Most employers don't believe that merit pay drives a higher performance, but not to worry, the presence of women does the trick. Only 20% of the employers of 150 large and midsized companies found performance related pay an effective way to boost individual performances, according to CFO.com reporting on a survey conducted end 2015 in North America. There might be a solution, suggests another study on the profitability of gender diversity: more women on corporate boards may improve firm performance. Men hold over 80 percent of all S&P 500 board seats according to Bloomberg, while the gender diversity study explains that a move from no female leaders to a 30% representation is associated with a 15% boost to profitability. So it's simple: close the gender gap.

Obama Announces Ruling to Close Gender and Race Pay Gap

01/29/16 - President Obama announced that his administration is expanding rules to close the gender and race pay gap. The executive order will require all businesses - not only federal contractors - with more than 100 employees to provide the federal government with pay data to identify abuses of equal pay laws. The plan is expected to take effect in September 2017.

An increasing number of professionals are interested in opportunities outside the U.S. And it's not the typical globetrotter - young and unattached - looking for work overseas. So don't rule yourself out. Check here your Salary Overseas.

03/18/16 - The U.S. Department of Labor sent this week its final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget to revise the white collar overtime exemption regulations. The final rule is expected for publication in July 2016. If  implemented it would provide overtime pay to low paid managers, who currently don't qualify for them. At the moment, under the federal law, if an employee makes at least $23,660 per year - or $455 per week - their employer doesn't have to pay them overtime. The new policy would raise that bar to $50,440 or $970 per week. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day

03/17/16 - While celebrating St. Patrick's Day, have you ever thought of a job in Ireland? Maybe you find some luck of the Irish over there. Most certainly job-wise. Workers in Ireland are the 4th happiest in the world, American workers rank 23rd, according to the Indeed Happiness Index. Irish benefits are generous compared to most U.S. standards, for example: 26 weeks paid parental leave for mothers - 2 for fathers; 20 paid leave days and there are 9 public holidays, St. Patrick's Day is one of them. See more on benefits and salaries at our Irish site: Mywage.org/Ireland. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

03/03/2016 - Oregon's governor Kate Brown signed a first of its kind legislation that will raise the minimum wage to nearly $15 in six year through a three-tiered system. President Obama said Congress needs to follow Oregon’s example and raise the federal minimum wage, now at $7.25 an hour.

02/20/2016 -  Vermont passed recently legislation that will require employers to provide employees with at least 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave during a 12 month period. After that first year employers will be required to provide employees with 40 hours (or 5 days) of paid sick leave. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Read more on Vermont's Paid Sick Leave.

01/05/16 - Continuing a push for the payment of higher wages for public-sector jobs, Gov. Cuomo of New York announced a plan on Monday to raise the minimum wage for state university workers to $15. The university plan will affect about 28,000 state employees and is designed to include students who use work-study jobs to pay tuition and bills while attending classes.

There are exceptions to employment at will. Do you know your right on this part? You can't be terminated on basis of your race or gender. And 38 states regulate dismissals by so called implied contracts. Find out more at dismissal rights.