Thursday, October 27, 2005

Minimum Wage Raise Rejected by Senate

Senate proposals to raise the minimum wage were rejected recently. That means the federal minimum wage, which has been set to $5.15 an hour since 1997, will not rise in the foreseeable future.

A measure sponsored by Senator Kennedy would have raised the rate to $6.25 an hour. A Republican counter-proposal would have combined that increase with various breaks and exemptions for small businesses.

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages exceed the national level, including Washington State at $7.35. Twenty-six states are the same as the federal level; two — Ohio and Kansas — are below; and six do not have state laws.

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Employer sentenced to confinement

Richard Custer Jr., of Marshall County, was sentenced Oct. 12 on one felony charge of making a false statement to the West Virginia's Workers' Compensation Commission.

Custer has been found that he had employees in his contracting business since August of 1999 without subscribing to the Workers' Compensation Commission.

Custer was sentenced to one to three years’ confinement in a state prison; however, the sentence was suspended and he was placed on two years supervised probation.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Washington's Minimum Wage To Increase

Washington Department of Labor and Industries announced the state's minimum wage will increase from $7.35 to $7.63 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2006.

This increase is to meet the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, which became the standard for minimum wage annual increasing. The increase is by Initiative 688, which was passed in 1998.

Minimum Wage poster will be updated with the increase of minimum wage. helps you keep update.

The state's minimum wage has increased from $5.70 to $7.93 since 1998. The 2006 increase is the biggest.

Florida Minimum Wage Will Increase to $6.40 per hour

Florida's minimum wage will be $6.40 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2006 for all hours worked in Florida. This increase is 25 cents above the current state minimum wage. The new minimum wage will be $1.25 more than the current $5.15 federal minimum wage.

Tipped employees will get direct wage in an amount equal to the minimum wage of $6.40 minus $3.02, or a direct hourly wage of $3.38 on Jan. 1, 2006.

Minimum Wage Poster is one of the mandatory posters required posted in every workplace. provides the latest update of Labor Law Posters, helps you keep in compliance.

Florida's minimum wage adjusts every year according to the federal consumer price index under the state constitutional amendment, which approved by voters on Nov. 2, 2004.

American Samoa Minimum Wage Increases

American Samoa will increase, announced by The U.S. Department of Labor in Oct. 1st. The increase covers all government employees and specified private-sector industries.

The new minimum wage rate will take effect in 15 days. The rate is provided by a committee that appointed by DOL, and it will not harm to the employment as well as the industries.

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