2016 and onwards:
2016 and onwards:
04/02/15 - McDonald's is raising the minimum wage and introducing paid time off for 90,000 employees in company-owned stores. The new wage hike of $1 above the local legal minimum wage will go into effect on July 1, 2015. By the end of 2016, the company predicts minimum wage at company-owned restaurants will be at least $10 an hour. Full- and part-time employees at company-owned restaurants, with at least one year of service, will begin to accrue personal paid time-off. For example, an employee who works an average of 20 hours per week will be eligible to accrue approximately 20 hours of paid time off per year. If these employees don’t take the time off they’ve earned, they will be paid for the value of that time.
Employers are required to provide new moms with time and a private place -- besides the bathroom -- to pump or breastfeed during work hours. Read more about Nursing Moms at Work.
The United States is the only developed country without laws providing paid maternity leave. The Labor Department is awarding half a million dollars to help feasible studies on new paid leave policies. See the accompanying video at our Maternity section.
A starting flight attendant earns about $3195 per month. Are you paid enough? Find out. Take our Salary Calculator.
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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.
Are you entitled to overtime pay? If you are covered by the Fair Labor Standard Act your overtime pay can never be lower than your hourly rate! But: the act doesn't limit the total number of hours worked in overtime. Check your overtime pay rights.
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.
04/15/15 - Dan Price, C.E.O. of the Seattle based start-up Gravity Payments, surprised his 120-person staff by announcing that he planned over the next three years to raise the salary of every employee to $70,000 a year. He will pay for the wage increases by cutting his own salary from nearly $1 million to $70,000 and using 75 to 80 percent of the company’s anticipated $2.2 million in profit this year. Price said told the Times he was motivated to make the radical change after reading a study about how much pay raises increase happiness for people making less than $70,000 a year.
04/09/15 - Salary negotiations are a common part of the hiring process, but Reddit's interim CEO Ellen Pao believes that they are actually a form of gender bias. That's why she took the initiative to eliminate them. Pao recently lost a high-profile sex discrimination suit against former employer Kleiner Perkins. She told WSJ: “As part of our recruiting process we don’t negotiate with candidates. We come up with an offer that we think is fair,” she said; going on to explain that “men negotiate harder than women do and sometimes women get penalised when they do negotiate.”
03/11/15 - Europe's more progressive family leave policies are making their way across the pond. In an unusual move - especially for the U.S. where businesses are not required to give new mothers paid time off - Vodafone announced that it would offer a minimum of 16 weeks paid maternity leave by the end of 2015 to new mothers in all 30 countries in which the telecommunications giant is operating. And more generous, the company will let returning mothers work 30-hour weeks with full-time pay and benefits for the first six months when they’re back at work.
As of March 27, “spouse” means “spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), even if you are living in a state that does not recognize same sex marriages.
03/06/15 - Women may be graduating from U.S. colleges faster than men (3:2), but American women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn, and fill only 14% of Fortune 500 boardroom seats, according to Forbes. Nothing has changed in 20 years, and at the current rate of change, there won’t be pay equity between women and men for another 70 or more years, warns ILO. SEVENTY YEARS! We don't want that. This years theme of International Women's Day 2015 is Make it Happen: so let's close the gender pay gap. Know what you are worth and ask for that pay raise!
03/03/15 - If you are a cook or a cleaner, move overseas. Jobs for which you do not necessarily need a college degree are often better paid in Europe, but if you are highly specialized or educated, you might want to stay in the U.S. For example I.T. consultants, journalists and medical specialists have a better salary in the U.S. compared to other countries. That is the outcome of Washington Post research, based on WageIndicator/Paywizard data. See also: Salaries Overseas and our Salary Calculator.
02/19/15 - Walmart announced that 500,000 full-time and part-time associates, more than a third of its work force at Walmart U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs, will receive pay raises in April to at least $9 an hour. By next February 1, 2016 their pay will go to at least $10 an hour. Once the company's starting pay becomes $9 an hour in April, the average pay for full-time retail workers there will be about $13 an hour.
02/18/15 - The Obama administration is expected to move forward soon on its plan to provide overtime pay to low paid managers, who don't qualify for them. Currently 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 somewhere between $42,000 and $52,000. That would mean overtime pay for an estimated 3.5 million more workers.
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04/16/15 - The Pa. state Senate has sent the House a bill that would overturn Philadelphia’s new paid sick leave law, set to take effect next month, that would require business owners with at least ten employees to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.
04/16/15 - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opposes requiring businesses to give workers paid sick days, says the Wall Street Journal. He is calling it another onerous regulation that deters companies from investing in New Jersey. That hasn’t stopped officials in nine municipalities, including Newark, Jersey City and Montclair, from passing paid-sick-leave laws and enforcing them—without the consent of Mr. Christie or the state Legislature. However, the business community is seeking to nullify the ordinances, saying the cities didn’t have the authority to act.
04/07/15 - The Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act is replaced by the Parental Leave Act (PLA), effective April 7, 2015. The PLA provides eight weeks of unpaid leave for both men and women when giving birth, or for adoption of a child. Read more about the Parental Leave Act.
03/19/15 - Target plans to increase the minimum wage for all of its workers, matching moves made by rivals including Wal-Mart, Ikea and TJX Companies. The retailer is set to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour starting next month, before climbing to $10 an hour next year.
Almost 20 US cities passed their own paid sick leave ordinances that will provide private employees working in those cities with paid sick leave. Find here an overview of the latest approved city paid sick laws and the dates when they will become effective:
02/10/15 - Careers in science, engineering, and healthcare dominate Forbes’ annual ranking of the best-paying jobs for women this year. Topping the list is sales engineer, followed by various math and science occupations, physicist and astronomer, and on the 4th place: nurse anaesthetist. Check their salaries with our Salary Calculator.
02/03/15 - Veterans have years of job experience and skills. They drove heavy equipment, supervised troops or did computer programming. All useful skills in the civilian workforce. The best jobs for them in 2015 according to Forbes: training and development manager, software engineer, construction program manager, administrative services manager, personal finance manager. But what are the salaries in those sectors? Find out with our salary calculator.
Home care worker, you might be covered for overtime pay, but there is a loophole, called the "companionship exemption"! Check at Paywizard if you are covered!
Massachusetts became the 3d state of the nation to guarantee paid sick leave, with voters approving on November 4th 2014 a sick-leave ballot initiative. Under the measure employees can earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, to be capped at 40 days of leave per calendar year, starting July 15, 2015. Small employers with 10 or fewer workers won't have to provide paid sick leave, but their employees could earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time. Read more about Massachusetts Paid Sick Leave.
The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 is the nation's second state-law mandate requiring paid sick leave. Connecticut signed the first paid sick leave into law in 2011. Effective July 1, 2015 California's law requires all employers to provide California employees (with some exceptions) with paid sick leave. See more at California Sick Leave.