Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Illinois House Approves Minimum-Wage Hike To $15

Kelvin Reese | 01 June, 2017, 01:48

Ontario's minimum wage increase will be phased-in gradually.

"If you flip a burger, you should make a decent wage too", he said.

This is twice the amount of the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and it is also higher than the $9- and $10-an-hour plans pushed by Democrats in recent years.

His concerns have been echoed by groups such as the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

About 10 per cent of Ontario workers are now making minimum wage, but about 30 per cent are making less than $15 an hour - the majority of them women.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement Tuesday in response to a government-commissioned report released last week that included 173 recommendations addressing precarious work.

If approved, the reforms would include increasing Ontario's general minimum wage, which is now $11.40 per hour, to $14 an hour on January 1, 2018, and to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019.

Benzinga looked at how this minimum wage would affect the restaurant sector, which employs the bulk of private-sector workers.

Specifically, Hon Okechukwu said that, the review of the National Minimum wage would ensure that, government relation with the workers is enhanced, stressing that, acceptance of this bill would introduce sanity and orderliness into government business.

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"The Raise the Wage Act will phase out subminimum wage for tipped workers, which has been frozen at $2.13", the Fight for $15 local posted online.

‎Hon Gbajabiamila ‎while speaking said that, "year in year out people clamour for increment in the minimum wage".

The province's changes to workplace laws will also establish fairer rules for scheduling, including making employers pay three hours of wages if they cancel a shift with fewer than 48 hours notice, Wynne said.

"There is no law today that compels government to increase salaries or review wages".

Reesor said the proposed changes to paid vacation and emergency leave time will be "very hard", particularly on small businesses.

"Wage line is one of the largest operational lines small businesses have to manage", he said.

"It's a delicate balancing act that has to be considered moving forward".

The government has planned for the majority of the labour standards changes to come into effect in early 2018.

Underlining the need for the exercise, Gbajabiamila contended that the subsisting N18,000 national minimum wage could not sustain the average Nigerian family in the face of the harsh economic realities in the country.

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