Entries by FWC

Los Angeles mayor enacts $15-an-hour minimum wage

LOS ANGELES — In becoming the largest city in the country to mandate a $15-an-hour minimum wage, Los Angeles could put the pressure on other cities in what is sure to become a potent issue in next year’s presidential election. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the measure into law Saturday. It will require employers to gradually […]

Seattle’s minimum wage raise gave me the breathing room I needed

On January 1st, Whole Foods decided to raise our wages four months earlier than the April 1st implementation date, to $11 an hour. That was the first step to $15, which has a phase-in period and would reach $15 in 2017 for large companies. My increase translated to about $120 more a month. Before this, […]

How Strategic Enforcement Fuels Compliance with Labor Laws

When we fill up our tanks, we’re aware of the price we’re paying for gas. But for those of us who live in New Jersey or Oregon, or have ever passed through a station that employs attendants to pump gas, did you stop to think about the wages paid to that attendant? At the U.S. […]

How Seattle Will Enforce Its New Minimum Wage Law

Seattle’s new minimum wage law went into effect April 1, as did a law meant to ensure workers get paid overtime when they’ve earned it. But not everyone’s complying. So what’s the city doing to enforce the new laws? Read more at KUOW.

Enforcing $15 wage: Job unfilled a week before law goes into effect

In November, the Seattle City Council looked ahead to the new minimum wage law and approved the creation of an Office of Labor Standards within Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights. The office is generally tasked with ensuring fair working conditions, safety and general labor standards, but its establishment was with a specific eye toward enforcing […]

What will $15 really mean? UW research team ready to study

On April 1, the minimum wage for Seattle businesses employing more than 500 people will rise to $11 an hour, the first step in the city’s march toward a citywide $15 minimum wage. As to how the increase will play out, there are guesses, but the size and scope of the ordinance really put Seattle […]