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Why California Is Hiking Its Minimum Wage

The Golden State is raising its minimum wage, in part to help younger workers. Nine out of ten California minimum-wage workers are at least 20 years old. The state is raising the minimum wage in stages, and by 2016 it will rise …

Jobless Claims Up Slightly, But Backlog May Be Hiding Improvements

The number of Americans applying for initial jobless benefits increased less than expected last week, offering an encouraging if still muddled sign that gradual growth in employment is continuing, Bloomberg News reports.

The slight uptick in claims was likely made worse by a backlog of applications in California and Nevada, which both …

5 Myths About Living Wage Laws

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is uncomfortably nestled between a rock and a hard place. Last Friday, the D.C. council sent a bill (The Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013) to the mayor’s desk that would require large retailers like Walmart and Target to pay its workers a “living wage” of $12.50 per hour — significantly higher …

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