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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.

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

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.

President Obama said in his annual State of the Union address 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."

Some facts: when federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher standard applies. And tipped workers: your overtime hourly rate can never be less than your minimum wage. Check our minimum wage section.

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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For the tax year 2013 and going forward same-sex spouses generally must file their federal tax returns using a married filing separately or jointly filing status. 

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A preview on how to file your federal income tax in 2014 for the year 2013. There are 7 instead of 6 tax brackets and adjustments for inflation for tax items, like personal exemptions, child tax credit, American opportunity credit and more. Find out at Income Tax 2013.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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