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Montgomery County, Maryland: $9.55 by Nov.

Prince George's County, Maryland: $9.55 by Nov.

Wake County, North Carolina: $13.50 by Dec. 1

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

NYC: fast food and state workers: $10.50 by Dec. 31

New York: fast food and state workers: $9.75 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

Lexington, Kentucky: 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

Rhode Island to $9.60 by Jan 2016

Sacramento to $12.50 by 2020

San Diego (Cal.) to $11.50 by 2017

San Francisco: $15 by 2018

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

09/02/15 - Washington state’s minimum wage will not increase next year, and the state will no longer have the highest statewide minimum wage as of January. State officials announced that the current minimum wage of $9.47 an hour will not increase because inflation, as measured by the national Consumer Price Index. That index decreased 0.3 percent.

07/23/15 - The “Fight for $15” effort for higher pay for fast-food workers in New York won a major victory on Wednesday. The increase to $15 an hour would be fully phased in by the end of 2018 for workers in New York City and by mid-2021 for those in the rest of the state. Currently, fast-food pay in New York is about $9 an hour.

Proposed Big Changes Overtime Pay

07/01/15 - The U.S. Department of Labor released the long awaited proposed overtime rule. 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.

Ikea Raises Minimum Wage 2nd Year in Row

06/24/15 - Ikea's U.S division is raising the minimum wage for the second year in a row. Starting Jan. 1, Ikea's average minimum hourly wage will increase to $11.87, which is $4.62 above the current federal wage and marks a $1.11 increase, or 10 percent, from this year's average minimum pay. The starting wage for any given Ikea store in the U.S. reflects the cost of living in that particular area as determined by the MIT Living Wage Calculator, which takes into account the local cost of rent, food, transportation and the like. 

06/22/15 - On June 12, 2015 Oregon became the fourth state in the country to provide paid or unpaid sick time to most employees, starting January 1, 2016, provided that Governor Kate Brown will sign the bill. Read more about Oregon's paid sick leave.

Michigan House Approves Bill Barring City Minimum Wage

06/18/15 - The Republican-led Michigan House on Tuesday approved a bill prohibiting local governments from setting minimum wage laws or benefit requirements. The bill will return to the Senate for approval of minor House modifications, and is expected to pass. Michigan's minimum wage is $8.15 an hour.

06/22/15 - Rhode Island's Gov. Raimondo signed Monday legislation into law that will raise Rhode Island’s minimum wage from $9 to $9.60 an hour beginning on Jan. 1. The new rate will match Connecticut and Vermont, where the rate will be $9.60 an hour in 2016. The Massachusetts rate will be $10 an hour. In 2017, however, Connecticut’s rate rises to $10.10 an hour, Vermont’s increases to $10 an hour, and Massachusetts moves to $11 an hour. The Rhode Island legislation does not address 2017.

$10.10 Minimum Wage for Kentucky State Employees

06/08/15 - Hundreds of Kentucky's lowest paid government workers will soon see a big boost in their paychecks. Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order Monday, raising the minimum wage for state executive branch workers from $7.25 to $10.10. Tipped employees, like servers at state parks, will see their base hourly pay more than double from $2.19 to $4.90.

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 1, 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.

05/28/15 - Ascension Health will raise its companywide minimum wage to $11 per hour, starting with the first pay period July 5. The change will affect 10,000 workers, an estimated 7 percent of the 150,000 in the system’s workforce, according to Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health network. In April, Aetna raised its minimum wage to $16 per hour for an estimated 5,700 employees. 

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.

11/23/15 - In a potentially symbolic move for working fathers and for companies without paid family leave, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says he is planning to take two months of paid paternity leave after his daughter is born. In the online post below he says that “outcomes are better for children and families” when working parents take time off to be with their newborns. He calls the decision “very personal”.

11/18/15 - Buffalo and Rochester are moving to raise the minimum wage of municipal employees to $15 an hour, a move in sync with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to raise the wage floor for all workers across New York state. The legislation will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 for all workers by 2021.

11/17/15 - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he would unilaterally establish a $15 minimum wage for all state workers, making New York the first state to set such a high wage for its public employees. State workers in New York City would earn $15 an hour by the end of 2018; state workers outside of the city would also see wages rise, though more slowly, with rates climbing to $15 by the end of 2021. 

11/11/15 - New college graduates hoping to make their resume stand out from the masses should demonstrate how they’re a leader and supporter. 79% of employers said they want prospective employees to be team players, second only to the 80% of employers who said they look for evidence of leadership skills, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2016 survey. Other important abilities employers said they looked for on a resume include: written communication skills (70%), problem-solving skills (70%), verbal communication skills (69%), and strong work ethic (69%). 

11/10/15 - Amazon announced a new family leave policy that gives new fathers paid time off for the first time in the company's history. New birth parents or adoptive parents who have worked for the company for at least a year will receive six weeks of paid leave, regardless of gender. The revised policy also improves paid leave time for new birth mothers, who can now take up to 20 weeks off, including the month preceding the birth of a child.

10/25/15 - Employees at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, will be able to enjoy up to one year of paid time with their newborns during the child’s first year after birth or adoption starting next year.The announcement comes just a few months after Netflix, Adobe, and Microsoft announced similar leave policies, and the Gates Foundation joins the ranks of Google and Facebook in offering extremely generous parental leave.

10/16/15 - Ask anyone to name the most stressful jobs and they might guess neurosurgeon, bomb diffuser, or even stockbroker. Think again, it is waitressing, say scientists. A new study suggests that it is menial, thankless jobs that leave people suffering the most stress, and are consequently the most damaging to health. Chinese scientists have found that low paid jobs with a high work-load, such as waitressing, leave employees at far greater risk from heart problems. Find here the Minimum Wage for Waitresses and other Tipped Workers.

10/07/15 - Today is International Decent Work Day! Our world map of labor laws compares the labor laws of 131 countries. The US could do a lot better on that part. The US is one of only three countries that doesn't have paid maternity leave. And did you know that the US is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time?

Sweden Shifts to Six-hour Workday

09/02/15 - Workin' 9 to 2 — that’s how Sweden’s making a living. Sweden is moving to a six-hour working day for the same pay in a bid to increase productivity and make people happier. 
Several Swedish companies are instituting six-hour workdays for the same pay, and they claim productivity has increased.
Toyota centres in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, made the switch 13 years ago, with the company reporting happier staff, a lower turnover rate, and an increase in profits in that time. 
A recent poll found 40% of Americans work 50 hours a week, but a Stanford study indicates that such long hours negatively affect job performance and productivity.

09/08/15 - President Obama celebrated Labor Day on Monday by signing an executive order that allows employees of federal contractors to earn up to seven paid sick days every year for illness or to care for family members. The order applies to subcontractors, and its impact is widespread given the thousands of companies that do business with the federal government.

07/24/15 - Professional cheerleaders are now recognized as employees under California law. On July 15, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all California-based professional sports teams to pay their cheerleaders the minimum wage, overtime, workers’ compensation, paid sick leave, and other benefits. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2016. An identical bill, referred to as the Cheerleaders’ Fair Pay Act (CFPA), was introduced in the New York State Assembly on June 3, 2015. A trend to introduce similar legislation may emerge in states that currently have pending suits filed by NFL cheerleaders, such as New York, New Jersey, and Ohio.

Maryland Montgomery County Freezes Cash Pay Tipped Workers

07/02/15 - The Montgomery County Council has frozen the minimum wage for tipped workers in the county at $4 per hour, with the goal of keeping costs competitive for restaurant owners. Previously, the maximum tip credit was equal to the county’s minimum wage less 50 percent of the (lower) state minimum wage.