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

After 2016:
Arizona: $12.00 by 2020

Arkansas: $8.50 by 2017

Bangor, ME: $9.75 by 2019

Berkeley, Ca: $15.00 by Oct. 2018

California: $15 by 2022

Chicago, IL: $13.00 by July 2019

Colorado: $12.00 by 2020

Cook county, IL: $13.00 by July 2020

Connecticut to $10.10 by 2017

Cupertino, Ca: $15 by 2019

El Cerrito City, Ca: $15 by 2019

Emeryville, Ca: $16.42 by 2020

Federal contractors: $10.20 by 2017

Flagstaff, Ar: $15 by 2021

Florida: $8.10 by 2017

Gilmore, Ca: $10/10.50 by 2017

Hawaii to $10.10 by 2018

Las Cruces, NM to $10.10 by 2019

Linn County, IA to $10.25 by 2019 

Longbeach, Ca to $15 by 2022

Los Altos, Ca: $15 by 2019

Los Angeles, Ca to $15 by July 2020

Los Gatos, Ca: to $10/10.50 by 2017

Maine: to $12.00 by 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  

Milpitas, Ca: $10/10.50 by 2017 

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 Jersey to $8.44 by Jan. 1 2017

New York to $15 by 2021

Ohio to $8.15 by 2017

Oakland, Ca: $12.86 by 2017

Oregon to $12.50/$14.75 by 2022

Palo Alto, Ca to $15 by 2019

Pasadena, Ca to $13.25 by July 2018

Polk County, IA to $10.75 in 2019 

Portland, ME to $10.68 by 2017

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

Richmond, Ca to $13 by Jan 2018

Sacramento, Ca to $12.50 by 2020

San Diego (Cal.) to $11.50 by 2017

San Francisco, Ca: $15 by 2018

San Jose, Ca: $15 by Jan. 2019

San Leandro, Ca: $15 by 2020

San Mateo, Ca: $ 15 by 2019

Santa Monica, Ca: $15 by 2020

Santa Clara, Ca: $11.10 by 2017

Seattle to $15 by 2017

Sunnyvale City, Ca to $15 by 2018

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

Wapello County, IA to $10.10 by 2019

Washington: $13.50 by 2020

Washington DC: $15 by 2020

West Palm Beach, Fl: $15.00 by 2018

08/31/16 - Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have gradually raised the state's current minimum wage of $8.38 to $15 by 2021. He said the bill "would trigger an escalation of wages that will make doing business in New Jersey unaffordable." The veto means that Democratic leaders will again turn to the ballot to let voters decide whether the state should move toward a $15 minimum wage. The ballot question is expected in 2017.

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.

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.

Minimum wage boost in 5 states on Nov. 8

11/09/16 - Voters on Nov. 8 decided in five states to boost the minimum wage. Here is a rundown: ARIZONA, COLORADO and MAINE from $8.05 to $12 by 2020. The COLORADO measure will also gradually reduce the "tip credit" for tipped employees, meaning that the $3.02 an hour less than the current minimum wage that tipped workers can be paid won't be adjusted coming years. MAINE's measure will gradually eliminate the "tip credit" for tipped employees, meaning those employees make the full minimum wage before tips. WASHINGTON from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020. SOUTH DAKOTA's minimum wage will stay $8.55 for teenagers, State lawmakers had lowered that wage to $7.50.

10/25/16 - Massachusetts has become the first state to bar employers from asking about applicants’ salaries before offering them a job. The new law will require hiring managers to state a compensation figure upfront — based on what an applicant’s worth is to the company, rather than on what he or she made in a previous position.

Arizona's Minimum Wage Hike on Ballot

09/01/16 - A voter initiative raising the state minimum to $12 an hour by 2020 will be on the November general election ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The initiative would increase the minimum wage next year to $10 an hour and then to $12 by 2020. It also would require large employers to provide five days of sick time a year and small employers three days.

09/01/16 - Illinois requires employers to provide employees the ability to use employer provided personal sick leave benefits for absences due to the illness, injury or medical appointment of their immediate family. The Employee Sick Leave Act takes effect January 1, 2017.

Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights

08/16/16 - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, making Illinois the 7th state to give domestic workers protection on overtime pay, minimum wage and rest days. Discrimination and harassment protections are limited to employers with 15 or more employees The law goes into effect January 1, 2017.

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.

11/28/16 - An Obama administration policy that would have given more white-collar workers overtime pay starting December 1, was blocked last week nationwide by a federal judge in Texas.
The new legislation would provide overtime pay to more than 4 million low paid managers, who currently don't qualify for that. At the moment, under the FLSA, 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 $47,476 annually or $913 per week for a full time worker. As a result of the court's ruling, this new salary threshold will not become effective on December 1, 2016.
The Labor Department considers an appeal, but changes to the existing policy face an uncertain future under the Trump administration and the Republican controlled congress. 

Paid Sick Leave in 2 States Approved on Nov. 8

11/09/16 - Nov. 8 state ballots have decided that ARIZONA and WASHINGTON wil get a paid sick leave ruling. The measure in Arizona offers employers paid sick leave, 40 hours a year for employees of large businesses and 24 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees of small businesses. Washington's measure also requires employers to provide paid sick leave — one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

10/25/16 -  Louisville’s law gradually raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour was struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court, which ruled that the city exceeded its home-rule authority by passing its own ordinance on the divisive state issue.The ruling also invalidates the minimum wage increase in Lexington County, where the minimum wage went up to $8.20 in July. The state minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

10/12/16 -  President Obama renewed his call for American astronauts to visit Mars: in orbit around Mars in the 2030s. Landing in the 2040's. Interested? Find out what you would be paid as an astronaut. Compare the NASA salaries with the paychecks of astronauts in other countries and find out what Neil Armstrong was paid back in the sixties.

10/5/16 - The Cleveland City Council voted last month to let voters decide in a special election whether or not to increase the minimum wage. The special election will be held May 2, 2017. The approved legislation states that beginning Jan. 1, following the approval of the ordinance, the minimum wage would go up gradually. The new minimum wage would be $12 an hour, then would increase each year by $1 until it reaches $15 an hour.

08/27/16 - Apple, Facebook. and General Motors, the first U.S. automaker to have a female chief executive officer, are among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees. The agreement signed by 29 companies on Friday includes an annual review of pay by gender at each company, and an examination of hiring and promotion practices for unconscious bias and barriers to women reaching higher-level jobs.

Are you shackled to your job?

09/01/16 - Millions of Americans signed contracts with noncompete agreements they probably didn't understand. And they are not well paid executives with knowledge of trade secrets.
15 % of workers without a 4-year college degree are subject to noncompetes, and 14% of workers earning less than $40,000 have noncompetes. Most of these workers are locked into low-paying jobs until they can make enough money to move to another city or can suspend their careers for a year to let the noncompete run out. 
Illinois prohibited noncompetes for low wage workers. Oklahoma and North Dakota passed laws making noncompetes unenforceable. California, Idaho and Oregon only allow noncompetes under special circumstances, but legislation stalled in Washington and Texas seems to use noncompetes as a tactic to lock low wage workers into jobs without future.
So, check your contract! Don't let a company steal your future!
Source: SeattleTimes, White House

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.

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