SPECIAL EDITION – Friday Facts
Deeper look at the proposed increase in the mini wage.
Big labor issues still pending.
- Welcome to a Special Edition of the CRMA’s Friday Facts, our e-newsletter that provides information about all things retail at the State Capitol.
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Three minimum wage bills reported out of the Labor Committee.
- There are three minimum wage bills that we need to keep an eye on.
- All three bills increase the wage to $15
- Two of those bills – SB 2 AAC Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage (Senate Democrats) and HB 5004 AAC Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage (House Democrats) increase the wage by 2022.
- Both of those bills raise the minimum wage in stages from $10.10 to $12.00 on January 1, 2020; from $12.00 to $13.50 on January 1, 2021; from $13.50 to $15.00 on January 1, 2022.
- The third bill, HB 7191 An Act Increasing the Minimum wage (Governor Lamont’s bill) increase the wage by 2023 and calls for an automatic increase every year thereafter.
- Under the Governor’s bill, beginning in 2020 the wage goes from its current level of $10.10 to $11.25; from $11.25 to $12.50 on January 1, 2021; from 12.50 to $13.75 on January 1,2022 and from $13.75 to $15.00 in 2023.
- The Governor’s bill would index any future increases to the annual changes in the employment cost index (ECI) beginning January 1, 2024.
Bills ready for votes.
- With all three bills now reported out of the Labor Committee, they are now ready for action in either chamber.
- There is still time for legislators to hear from you on this important issue.
- If you would like to contact your state senator or state representative to tell them the impact this increase will have on our business, please call us (860-527-1044) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) TODAY and we will give you the right contact info for you.
Other big Labor Issues still pending.
- CRMA is also working on other big labor issues that will impact retailers.
- Still waiting for action are bills implementing a paid family medical leave program (SB 1, SB 881, HB 5003), on call shift scheduling (SB 764, HB 6924) and others.
- Look for another special FF look at these issues next week.