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2016 and onwards:

Birmingham, AL: to $10.10 by 2017

Arkansas: $8.50 by 2017

Berkeley, Ca.: $12.53 by Oct 2016

California $10 by 2016

Chicago, IL: $13.00 by July 2019

Connecticut to $10.10 by 2017

Delaware $8.25 by June 2016

Emeryville, Ca to $16.42 by 2020

Hawaii to $10.10 by 2018

Las Cruces, NM to $10.10 by 2019

Lexington, Kentucky: 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

Michigan to $9.25 by 2018  

Minnesota to $9.50 by 2016

Montgomery county, Ma to $11.50 by 2018

Multnomah County, Ore to $15 by 2016

Nebraska to $9.00 by Jan 2016

New York to $15 by 2021

Portland, ME to $10.68 by 2017

Prince George's County, Ma to 10.75 by 2016

Rhode Island to $9.60 by Jan 2016

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

South Dakota to $8.55 by Jan 2016

Vermont to $10.50 by 2018

West Virginia to $8.75 by 2016

Washington D.C. to $11.50 by 2016

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

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.

Proposed Big Changes Overtime Pay

01/25/16 - The U.S. Department of Labor released last year the long awaited proposed overtime rule. According to Lexology the final rule is slated for publication in July 2016. If implemented it would provide overtime pay to low paid managers by 2016, 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. Currently, only 8% of salaried workers can count on overtime protection. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the proposed threshold will ensure that at least 44% of all workers are automatically covered by the FLSA’s overtime protections.

Walmart Increases Minimum Wage to $10

01/21/16 - Days after announcing the closure of 269 stores Walmart is giving 1.2 million of its workers a pay boost. All workers hired before January 1st, 2016 will earn at least $10 an hour. New entry-level employees will still start on $9, rising to $10 on completion of an internal retail skills program. Walmart’s average full-time hourly wage will be $13.38 per hour when these changes go into effect on February 20th. The average part-time hourly wage will be $10.58 per hour.

11/16/15 - The Jersey City Council has approved and adopted an ordinance amending the Jersey City sick leave law to make paid sick leave available to more workers in the second largest city in New Jersey. The existing bill will require employers with fewer than 10 employees to provide paid sick leave. Read more at Jersey City Paid Sick Leave. Elizabeth’s law takes effect on March 2, 2016.  The law largely follows the language of the paid sick leave ordinances in the nine other New Jersey municipalities with paid sick leave laws.

11/11/15 - Pittsburgh's paid sick leave ordinance would be effective January 2016, but is delayed until at least March 10, 2016 to allow a court challenge by the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association and several Pittsburgh restaurants, who argue that the city lacks authority to enact the ordinance, which they claim can be enacted only on a statewide basis.

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.

01/29/16 - September 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors,” which provides up to seven days of paid sick leave annually for federal contractors’ employees who work on federal contracts. 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. 

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.

Could you Earn more from Walking Dogs?

05/26/15 - Dog walkers could earn more than the highest $15 minimum wage rate per hour while working less. Depending on the state/city they live in, dog walkers charge from $9 to $25 per dog walk. Let's assume they would ask $14 and walk 192 dogs per month, which adds up to annual earnings of roughly $29.000. That is less than the £31,200 a worker would make annually with a $15 hourly minimum wage rate. However, according to research in the UK, taking other people’s pets for a stroll is not a full time job, as most dog walkers take several dogs out at a time and typically take about 13 dogs per day, which means the full month’s work of 192 dogs is completed within 15 days. Adding 5 days more work and 65 dogs to walk extra, the annual earnings of a dog walker would be about $36,000, $4,800 more than a full time annual minimum wage with an hourly rate of $15. Dog walkers in cities as L.A. or Boston charge up to $25 dollars per hour and could earn up to $60,000 a year, That is more than the salary of a full time nurse, bank employee or real estate agent. Check your salary to see if you earn more than a dog walker.

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.