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Chicago, IL: $10.50 by July 2016

El Cerrito City, Ca: $11.60 by July 2016

Emeryville, Ca to $14.82 by July 2016

Lexington County, Ky: to $8.20 by July 2016

Los Angeles, Ca to $10.50 by July 2016

Louisville, Ke: to $8.25 by July 2016

Maryland to $8.75 by July 2016 

Multnomah County, Ore to $15 by July 2016

Oregon to $9.50/$9.75 by July 2016

Pasadena, CA to $10.50 by July 2016

Washington D.C. to $11.50 by July 2016

Minnesota to $9.50 by Aug. 2016

Berkeley, Ca.: $12.53 by Oct 2016

Montgomery county, Ma to $9.55 by Oct 2016

Prince George's County, Ma to 10.75 by Nov. 2016

NYC: fast food and state workers: $12/$10.75 by Dec. 2016 

After 2016:

Arkansas: $8.50 by 2017

Bangor, ME: $9.75 by 2019

El Cerrito City, Ca: $15 by 2019

Emeryville, Ca: $16.42 by 2020

California: $15 by 2022

Chicago, IL: $13.00 by July 2019

Connecticut to $10.10 by 2017

Emeryville, Ca to $16.42 by 2020

Hawaii to $10.10 by 2018

Las Cruces, NM to $10.10 by 2019

Lexington County, Ky: 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

Mass. Home care workers to $15 by Jan. 2018

Miami Beach, Fl: $13.31 by 2021

Michigan to $9.25 by 2018  

Missoula, MT non-union city workers to $15 by Jan. 2018

Montgomery county, Ma to $11.50 by 2018

Mountain View, NY: to $15 by Jan. 2018

New York to $15 by 2021

Oregon to $12.50/$14.75 by 2022

Pasadena, Ca to $13.25 by July 2018

Portland, ME to $10.68 by 2017

Prince George's County, Ma to 11.50 by Nov. 2018

Richmond, Ca to $13 by Jan 2020

Sacramento, Ca to $12.50 by 2020

San Diego (Cal.) to $11.50 by 2017

San Francisco, Ca: $15 by 2018

San Jose, Ca: $10.30 bu Jan. 2016

San Mateo, Ca: $ 15 by 2018

Santa Monica, Ca: $15 by 2020

Santa Clara, Ca: $11.00 Jan. 2016

Seattle to $15 by 2017

Vermont to $10.50 by 2018

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

Washington DC: $15 by 2020

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.

07/11/16 - Large racial and gender wage gaps in the U.S. remain, even as they have narrowed in some cases over the years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Last year the average hourly wages for black and Hispanic men were $15 and $14, respectively, compared with $21 for white men. Only the hourly earnings of Asian men ($24) outpaced those of white men
The hourly earnings of Asian and white women ($18 and $17, respectively) were higher than those of black and Hispanic women ($13 and $12, respectively) – and also higher than those of black and Hispanic men.

Several States and Cities Increase Minimum Wage July 1st

6/30/16 - As the United States marks more than six years without an increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, 3 states and several cities and counties are moving forward with their own increases, starting Friday, July 1st. 
Here is the list of states, cities and counties, in alphabetical order- states: Maryland, Oregon and Washington D.C. - cities/counties: Chicago, Il; El Cerrito City, Ca.; Emeryville, Ca; Lexington county, Ky; Los Angeles, Ca; Louisville, Ky; Multnomah County, Ore; and Pasadena, Ca.

06/09/16 - There are now over 5.8 million job openings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which equals last July’s peak on records going back to 2001! Job searching grads couldn't be luckier! But there is a catch! Hires fell to 5.1 million, from 5.3 million, suggesting that firms might have difficulty to find qualified employees. So you might want to read how to apply for that job you really want: you only have one chance to make a great impression.

03/07/16 -  Executive Order 13706, “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors,” provides up to seven days of paid sick leave annually for federal contractors and subcontractors. 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. 

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.

07/01/16 - Chicago,IL, Los Angeles, CA and Minneapolis, MN join today the more than 20 US cities that passed their own paid sick leave ordinances to provide private employees working in those cities with paid sick leave. San Diego, CA will follow at the end of coming week. Find here an overview of the latest approved city paid sick laws and their requirements.

06/09/16 - Forbes launched their annual U.S. best and worst paying jobs. Anaesthesiologists kept their reign and they are not specialists that land on the best paid job list. Medical and dental professions dominate the top 10, with surgeons, obstetricians, gynaecologists and orthodontists rounding out the top 5 with salaries over $200K annually. The one non-medical role to crack the top 10 is CEO. Returning as the worst paying job is fast food cook with around $20K per year. Preparation and service workers, shampooers, dish washers, counter attendants, cashiers, ushers, and dining room and cafeteria attendants all make the list with similarly paltry wages. Check our salary calculator for more details on all wages.

03/18/16 - The U.S. Department of Labor sent this week its final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget to revise the white collar overtime exemption regulations. The final rule is expected for publication in July 2016. If  implemented it would provide overtime pay to low paid managers, 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 or $970 per week. 

02/20/2016 -  Vermont passed recently legislation that will require employers to provide employees with at least 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave during a 12 month period. After that first year employers will be required to provide employees with 40 hours (or 5 days) of paid sick leave. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Read more on Vermont's Paid Sick Leave.

02/18/2016 - Most employers don't believe that merit pay drives a higher performance, but not to worry, the presence of women does the trick. Only 20% of the employers of 150 large and midsized companies found performance related pay an effective way to boost individual performances, according to CFO.com reporting on a survey conducted end 2015 in North America. There might be a solution, suggests another study on the profitability of gender diversity: more women on corporate boards may improve firm performance. Men hold over 80 percent of all S&P 500 board seats according to Bloomberg, while the gender diversity study explains that a move from no female leaders to a 30% representation is associated with a 15% boost to profitability. So it's simple: close the gender gap.

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.