Connecticut Labor Department Inspects 25 Nail Salons, Shuts Down 23 For Wage Violations

Connecticut Labor Department Inspects 25 Nail Salons, Shuts Down 23 For Wage Violations

New York City isn’t the only town on the eastern seaboard that’s cracking down on poor work conditions at nail salons lately: labor department officials up north in Connecticut say recent inspections at 25 nail salons resulted in closing down 23 of those businesses for a range of wage violations. [More]

Some Walmart Workers Not Thrilled About Pay Hikes (Because They Didn’t Get One)

Some Walmart Workers Not Thrilled About Pay Hikes (Because They Didn’t Get One)

Earlier this year, Walmart pledged to increase its starting wages, affecting about 40% of its workforce, but some employees who’ve been with the company for years and may not be affected by the pay hikes aren’t thrilled. [More]

NY State Wage Board Recommends $15/Hour Pay By 2021 For Fast Food Workers

NY State Wage Board Recommends $15/Hour Pay By 2021 For Fast Food Workers

The New York state Dept. of Labor panel tasked with reviewing fast food wages in the Empire State today released its recommendation for a plan to increase pay for workers at McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, and others to $15/hour over the next six years, and even sooner for workers in New York City. [More]

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IKEA Raising Minimum Wage Again, This Time To $11.87/Hour

Almost exactly a year after IKEA announced it would raise the hourly starting wage for employees from $9.17 to $10.76, the furniture retailer says it will give workers another 10% pay boost. [More]

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Los Angeles One Step Closer To Raising Minimum Wage To $15/Hour By 2020

The Los Angeles City Council took another step on Wednesday in its mission to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020, but the finalization of the ordinance will have to wait for a second vote next week. [More]

Walmart Raising Hourly Wages For 100,000 Specialty Department Employees

Walmart Raising Hourly Wages For 100,000 Specialty Department Employees

Four months after Walmart began raising wages for around 40% of its workers, the nation’s largest retailer is announcing another round of pay increases affecting around 100,000 additional employees. [More]

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L.A. City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15/Hour By 2020

At $9/hour, the current minimum wage in Los Angeles is already well above the $7.25/hour federal minimum. But today the L.A. City Council voted for a plan that will increase that wage to $15/hour by 2020. [More]

New York Launches Task Force To Combat Nail Salon Labor Abuses

New York Launches Task Force To Combat Nail Salon Labor Abuses

In the wake of news reports and an undercover state Dept. of Labor investigation into allegedly horrid labor practices — from employees who don’t get paid until the boss deems they are ready to illnesses believed to be caused by chemicals in the products they use — at nail salons in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his administration is taking immediate action to protect employees’ health and wages. [More]

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10 Things We Learned About Labor Abuses In Nail Salons

If you’re a fan of manicures and pedicures or you’re interested in small immigrant businesses, be sure to check out the New York Times investigation of nail salon labor practices that started today. It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that workers are taken advantage of and underpaid in a highly competitive and little-regulated industry. [More]

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New York Fines Domino’s Franchise Owners $970K For Violating A Slew Of Labor Laws

Four franchise owners operating 29 Domino’s franchises and a former owner of six resturants in New York state will have to fork over a hefty wad of cash — $970,000 — to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, to settle a slew of charges involving labor law violations. [More]

McDonald’s To Raise Workers’ Wages, But Only At 10% Of U.S. Restaurants

McDonald’s To Raise Workers’ Wages, But Only At 10% Of U.S. Restaurants

The good news for McDonald’s employees looking for a raise — the company plans to pay workers more and offer new benefits. The not-so-good news — this only affects about 10% of the company’s locations in the U.S. [More]

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T.J. Maxx, Marshalls & HomeGoods To Increase Minimum Wage To $9/Hour

In another sign that retail companies are re-evaluating the way they pay employees, TJX Cos. – the parent company of stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods – announced it intends to increase hourly wages for worker starting this year. [More]

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Walmart To Give Nearly 40% Of Employees Pay Increases Over The Next Year

Just before Christmas Walmart announced it would raise the base pay for employees at 1,434 stores because of state minimum wage hikes. Today, the company announced plans to change the way it pays and trains not only those employees but nearly 500,000 more across the U.S. [More]

Walmart To Raise Base Pay At 1,434 Stores Because Of State Minimum Wage Hikes

Walmart To Raise Base Pay At 1,434 Stores Because Of State Minimum Wage Hikes

As a result of minimum wage increases coming in nearly half of the U.S. states next year, the lowest-paid employees at about 1/3 of Walmart’s U.S. stores are reportedly due for a pay bump in 2015. [More]

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Group Representing U.S. Airlines Sues To Block Planned Seattle Airport Workers’ Wage Increases

An airline group, representing six major airlines and parcel services, filed a lawsuit aiming to block the Port of Seattle from implementing a pay increase that would make Seattle-Tacoma airport workers some of the highest paid in the country. [More]

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Walmart CEO Promises To Eventually Raise Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers

As proponents of higher pay for Walmart workers prepare for a day of protests against the retailer, its CEO is making the vague pledge that the company will eventually no longer have employees making only the national minimum wage. [More]

It’s Rock Star Vs. Restaurant In War Of Words Over Rude Service

It’s Rock Star Vs. Restaurant In War Of Words Over Rude Service

Was it a case of an entitled rock star who couldn’t handle hearing the word “no,” or was it all about a restaurant doorman who was incredibly rude and may have something against people from the ’90s? Depends on which side you take in the war of words between Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and a Seattle cafe that stopped him and his party at the door. [More]

A Times Square protestor being arrested this morning (photo: Pete Nagy)

Dozens Of Arrests Made In Fast Food Wage Protests Around Country

As we mentioned earlier this week, supporters of higher wages for fast food workers staged protests in cities all over the country today. According to reports, a number of these demonstrations resulted arrests. [More]