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2015: 

Delaware: $8.25 by June 1st

Chicago, IL: $10.00 by July 1st

Multnomah County, Ore: $14 by July 1st

Washington D.C.: 10.50 by July 1st

Minnesota: $8.00/7.25 by August 1st

Berkeley, Ca: $11 by Oct. 1st

New York: $9.00, tipped workers: $7.50 by Dec. 31,

2016 and onwards:

Alaska: $9.75 by Jan 2016

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

Hawaii to $10.10 by 2018

Los Angeles, Ca to $10.50 by July 2016

Maryland to $10.10 by 2018 

Massachusetts to $11 by 2017

Michigan to $9.25 by 2018  

Minnesota to $9.50 by 2016

Multnomah County, Ore to $15 by 2016

Nebraska to $9.00 by Jan 2016

San Diego (Cal.) to $11.50 by 2017

San Francisco: $15 by 2018

Seattle to $15 by 2017

Vermont to $10.50 by 2018

West Virginia to $8.75 by 2016

Washington D.C. to $11.50 by 2016

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.

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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.

05/20/2015 - The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9. The 67-percent pay increase would be implemented gradually, starting at $10.50 an hour for larger employers in 2016, and gradually going up each year until it reaches $15 in 2020.

05/13/15 - Starting this month the people who take care of Facebook’s grounds, answer its phones and serve food to its workers will receive a $15-an-hour minimum wage, a minimum of 15 days paid leave and a $4,000 new child benefit, if they don't get paid parental leave. The measure would cover food-service, security and janitorial workers, among others, at its U.S. facilities. Facebook plans to expand the program to other contractors over the next year. 

05/11/15 - Only 38% of college graduates who entered the job market between 2012 and 2015 said they negotiated their salary with their employer, according to a new survey from personal finance site NerdWallet and Looksharp, a company that helps recent graduates find jobs. While some of the nearly 8000 young workers reported being too “anxious” to negotiate a salary, many believe that it will make them appear arrogant to employers. The opposite is true, 84% of the 700 surveyed employers said entry-level candidates wouldn’t be putting their offers at risk by asking for a pay bumpAnd there’s room to get more money. Three-quarters of employers said they could boost salary offers by 5% or 10% during negotiations. Of the men and women who negotiated their first salary, 80% were successful. Find more tips to negotiate a pay raise.

New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year!!

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.

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.

No College Degree? Better Paid Overseas!

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. 

05/08/15 - With 223,000 jobs added in April, private-sector employment has grown for 62 consecutive months — the longest streak on record — to the tune of 12.3 million jobs over that time. The national unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in April, the lowest it's been since May 2008, according to the Department of Labor. Job growth last month was particularly strong in three sectors: construction, professional and business services, and education and health services. These are sectors that have historically provided well paid middle-class jobs. Check the salaries with our Salary Calculator.

Pa. Senate Votes to Stop Philadelphia's Sick Leave

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.

Business Community Against NJ 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. 

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.

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.

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.