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Find out with our Salary Calculator and, to keep the tool updated, fill out our salary survey for employees, self-employed or the income survey for unemployed. For journalists we have a separate survey for employed or self-employed media-workers.

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.

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- Pilot: between $3000-$5800

- Garbage collector: between $1000-$3450

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LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

President Obama signed Monday July 21st an executive order banning workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees of federal contractors and the federal government.

Mass. Minimum Wage to $11 by 2017

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage from $8 to $11 per hour by 2017, setting Massachusetts on course to have the highest minimum wage of any state in the country.

Gap and IKEA Raise Minimum Wage

Gap raised the companies minimum wage to $9 per hour starting June 2014, and to $10 in June 2015.The change applies to all Gap brands in the US, such as Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperline and Athleta.

Ikea plans to raise its minimum wage from $9.17 an hour to $10.76 starting January 1. The increase will affect about half of the 11,000 employees at its 38 US stores.

Oklahoma Bans Local Minimum Wage Hikes

Oklahoma cities and towns are banned from raising the local minimum wage under a new state law. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the measure April 14, 2014. The new law also bars localities from requiring that employees receive a certain number of sick or vacation days, either paid or unpaid.

Employers expect to fill more summer positions, and at higher pay. Many seasonal jobs have already been filled. Summer job seekers should act soon to secure the jobs that remain open. Find out with our salary calculator what you should be paid.

A St. Louis restaurant owner isn't waiting for Congress or the Missouri Legislature to raise the minimum wage to boost his own workers' pay. Pi Pizzeria owner Chris Sommers says he will pay all of his employees $10.10 an hour starting on April 1, instead of the Missouri state's minimum of $7.50. Source: Seattlepi.com

President Obama said in his annual State of the Union that women deserve equal pay for equal work, but he fell short of directly addressing the gender pay gap with an executive order. He merely called on Congress, the White House, and business to "come together to give every woman the opportunity she deserves."

Compare rulings on paid sick leave, maternity leave and unemployment globally with our map of global labor laws.

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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.

In 2011 New York passed the nation's first Domestic Workers Protection Law. Hawaii followed in 2013. California was the next state in 2014 and Massachusetts is the fourth this year. 

Expansion Overtime Pay

President Obama wants to review the overtime pay regulations. Several million fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” are exempt from overtime pay, because they earn $455 per week or more. Mr. Obama wants to increase that salary level, because the threshold of $455 is under today's poverty line for a worker to support a family of four. Find out more about who is covered or exempt for Overtime Pay.

The elite MBA might not earn as much as they used to, but the best graduates of top schools like Northwestern (Kellogg), Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Colombia Business school still landed in 2013 on an annual base salary of more than $300,000 according to Fortune. So it might be worth to go for that MBA, but check out first if you get paid for what you're worth.

After Jersey City, Newark follows with Legislation that takes effect on May 29, 2014. New York City's paid sick leave measure - the expanded bill of and signed by Mayor De Blasio - took effect April 2014. Legislation in Maryland, Washington, Chicago and California is pending.

Find out what prices are in your neighbourhood and we will tell you your living wage.

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.

Feeling overworked and underpaid? Follow our guidelines to negotiate yourself a better salary, but don't be greedy! Mess up once and you may end up in the doghouse.

Minimum Wage Rhode Island Municipalities

The 2014-15 fiscal year budget signed by Governor Chafee on June 19, 2014 prohibits Rhode Island municipalities from establishing a minimum wage higher than the state or federal law requirements. This budget provision was in response to efforts by certain cities to raise minimum wages at the local level.

Air Force Offers 3 Years Family Leave

The Air Force is planning to launch a pilot program later this year that would allow airmen to temporarily leave the service to start a family and return three years later, Air Force Times reports. Read more about Family Leave in US States.

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The United States is the only Western country - and one of only three in the world - that does not provide cash benefits to women during maternity leave, a new U.N. study reports. Read more about Maternity Leave in the U.S.

Nutter Raises Minimum Wage City Contractors

Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter signed an executive order requiring city contractors and the companies they subcontract to pay $10.88 per hour for city work, effective May 20th. Starting Jan. 1st 2015 that minimum will rise to $12.00 per hour.

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The new Minimum wage bill that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015 in Virginia would require all workers to be paid overtime, also workers who are now exempt, like firefighters. Read more about exempt for overtime pay in West Virginia.

Gap Raises Minimum Wage to $10 per hour

Gap Inc. will increase the minimum wage for 65,000 US workers, winning praise from President Obama. Gap CEO Glenn Murphy announced that the retailer will raise the minimum wage to at least $9 per hour in June this year, and to $10 an hour in June next year. Check our your Minimum Wage.

A key part of planning for maternity leave is to understand how much leave you can take. Start by reviewing your company’s leave policy and talking to coworkers or your human resources department and visit your state’s labor, disability, or employment Web site. Read here more about Maternity Leave Benefits.

More States Ban Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Ten states — Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin — have passed laws that ban all cities and counties from enacting paid sick days bills, according to the Economic Policy Institute

Minimum wage and overtime protection will extend to home care workers, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants. The protection will extend to all direct care workers employed by home care agencies and other third parties starting January 1st. 2015.

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