PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city has repealed an emergency order related to the COVID-19 pandemic that triggered increased hazard pay for workers.
The Portland City Council voted Monday to rescind the order, which had been in place since August.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's minimum wage rose to $13 an hour from $12 per hour on New Year's Day.
The increase was part of a scheduled hike stemming from a 2019 bill Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The minimum wage in the state of Delaware will be increasing from $9.25 per hour to $10.50 per hour.
The News Journal reports that the bump in pay takes effect Saturday.
Minimum wage increases, animal protections, police accountability, cutting and increasing taxes are all part of a series of new laws taking effect across the country on Saturday, the first day of 2022.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With nearly 300 laws taking effect on New Year's Day, Illinois lawmakers have resolved to hold themselves to a higher ethical standard, stay the government's regulatory arm on young entrepreneurs and review ways to revive the struggling local journalism industry.
Arizona's minimum wage will increase from $12.15 an hour to $12.80 an hour on Jan. 1 under a law approved by the state's voters in 2016 that gradually increases the bottom rate employers are allowed to pay.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's minimum wage is rising by 45 cents, to $9.20 per hour, beginning on Jan. 1, according to the Department of Labor and Industry.
The increase is higher than it's been in recent years due to higher inflation, Labor Commissioner Laurie Esau said when she announced the change in September.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's not often that bacon leads a roundup of new laws taking effect with the New Year in California.
But even in progressive California, that's the headline-grabber.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s minimum wage will go up on Saturday.
KELO-TV reported Tuesday that the minimum wage will rise 50 cents on Jan.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's hourly minimum wage is set to increase by a dollar to $11.50 at the start of 2022.
The Workforce Solutions Department on Monday issued a reminder to employers and workers of the increase.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A staff shortage at a city-owned ski area in Alaska where workers are paid less than the state minimum wage contributed to skiers having to wait an hour and a half in line for lift tickets and rentals this month.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Labor unions led by the Greek Communist Party staged a protest during a parliamentary budget debate Thursday to demand a return of wage and pension levels that were axed during three successive international bailouts.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The private prison company The GEO Group has been ordered to pay the Washington state Attorney General's Office nearly $4.5 million in legal fees, after the state sued to force the company to pay detainees at its immigration lockup in Tacoma minimum wage for work they perform there.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's minimum wage will rise by 22 cents to $9.87 an hour on Jan. 1.
State law requires annual increases in the wage until it reaches $12.05 in a decade. The 22-cent raise was supposed to occur in 2021 but was automatically delayed because of high unemployment early in the coronavirus pandemic.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A coalition that includes labor unions and civil rights groups has launched a website and social media pages in its drive to get a measure to raise Nebraska's minimum wage to $15 an hour on the ballot next year.
SEATTLE (AP) — Brazilian Jose Soares has been locked up in one of the United States' largest immigration detention centers for the past two years, passing much of his time cleaning bathrooms and buffing floors at a rate of $1 a day.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to gradually increase the minimum wage in Arizona's second most populous city to $15 an hour by 2025.
Unofficial results had voters approving Proposition 206 by about a 2-to-1 margin.
SEATTLE (AP) — A private prison company has been ordered to pay more than $23 million over lawsuits that accused it of running its for-profit immigration lockup in Washington state on the backs of detainees.
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury has determined that The GEO Group must pay nearly $17.3 million to immigration detainees who were paid $1 a day to perform tasks such as cooking and cleaning at the company's for-profit detention center in Washington state.
PHOENIX (AP) — Voters in Tucson are being asked to approve a new minimum wage higher than the state's baseline pay, potentially joining Flagstaff in adopting the $15 per hour rate long sought by progressive Democrats.
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury has determined that The GEO Group must pay minimum wage — rather than $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention center in Washington state.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a stalemate with lawmakers over raising the minimum wage or requiring companies to have paid sick leave, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday he will impose those requirements on companies getting loans, grants or tax breaks from the state.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University will increase its minimum wage to $14.50 an hour for full-time workers and says the change will affect more than 200 employees.
Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for pioneering research that transformed widely held ideas about the labor force, showing how an increase in the minimum wage doesn’t hinder hiring and immigrants don't lower pay for native-born workers.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has blocked Arizona from collecting $1.1 million from the city of Flagstaff to compensate for its minimum wage that is higher than the state's rate, ruling that the state missed a deadline for the assessment and was stretching a law targeting higher voter-approved city wages to collect its indirect costs.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a $15-per-hour minimum wage for city workers, starting Jan. 1.
“Our work is not done, but this is a big win," Councilmember Jared C.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Phoenix on Monday was weighing whether the Legislature's decision to charge the city of Flagstaff $1.1 million this year because city voters raised its minimum wage is legal.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s minimum hourly wage will rise to $14.49 next year, up from the current $13.69.
The Seattle Times reports the increase was announced Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industries.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Federal contract workers at call centers in nine states, including Mississippi, won pay increases that bring the minimum wage for all of its workers above $15 per hour.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday approved what he termed a “nation-leading” law requiring the garment industry to pay workers by the hour instead of for each piece of clothing they produce.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor signed a bill Tuesday to increase the U.S. territory’s minimum wage for the first time in more than 12 years.
The current minimum pay of $7.25 an hour will increase to $8.50 in January and to $9.50 in July 2023.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The three candidates bidding to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor clashed over taxes and pocketbook issues in a third televised debate Sunday a week before the election.
NEW YORK (AP) — PNC Bank is the latest large U.S. financial services company to increase wages in a bid to keep and attract employees, raising its minimum wage to $18 an hour while also giving higher-paid workers a bump in pay.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A grassroots group on Thursday recalled the centennial of a deadly fight to organize West Virginia coal miners in urging Sen. Joe Manchin to support higher wages and better voting protections.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major private university in New Orleans is raising its minimum wage for staff to $15 an hour, and for students to $10 an hour.
Tulane University's pay increases will be effective Oct.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A coalition of Nebraska advocacy groups and state senators announced a new ballot drive Monday to raise Nebraska's minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from the current $9 an hour that voters approved through a similar ballot initiative in 2014.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Minimum wage earners in Connecticut are poised to get a raise.
Beginning Sunday, the state's current $12 an hour rate will increase to $13 an hour. It's the latest step toward gradually increasing the rate to $15 an hour.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The signs and banners are dotted along suburban commercial strips and hanging in shop windows and restaurants, evidence of a new desperation among America's service-industry employers: “Now Hiring, $15 an hour.”
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's minimum wage is set to increase by 75 cents on Thursday to $8.75 an hour for employees who get health benefits and $9.75 an hour for those who do not.
The state's Democratic-controlled Legislature in 2019 passed a law gradually increasing to the state's minimum wage to $11 for those with health benefits and $12 for those without by 2024.
DENVER (AP) — Thousands of immigrant farmworkers in Colorado will soon have state minimum wage, overtime and labor organizing rights under a bill signed into law Friday by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Owners of a group of restaurants, hotels and bars in Eau Claire have eliminated tipping and have raised their minimum wage to $16 an hour.
The Pablo Group says it's following a trend that aims to improve pay equity for all employees.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Democrat-led state House voted along party lines Thursday to give final approval to a bill raising Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.
SEATTLE (AP) — A trial over whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention center in Washington state has ended with a hung jury.
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation's biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state.
SEATTLE (AP) — After nearly four years of litigation and pandemic-related delays, a trial is underway to determine whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage to detainees who perform cooking, cleaning and other tasks at its immigration detention center in Washington state.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando Resort announced Thursday that it's raising the starting minimum wage at the Florida theme park complex to $15 an hour.
Universal says the higher wages apply to both full and part-time workers starting June 27.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Daniel McKee has signed into law legislation that increases Rhode Island’s minimum hourly wage incrementally to $15 over the next few years.
The current $11.50 minimum will go up to $12.25 next Jan.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America plans to set the minimum wage for all positions at the company to $25 an hour by 2025.
It would be the highest minimum wage paid by a big bank and could pressure rivals to follow suit.