minimum wage

Novel research adds to our understanding of Seattle’s minimum wage

The UW team that is studying the impacts of Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance released a study yesterday that finds that the increase to $13 last year (for some large employers) resulted in reduced hours for low-wage workers, which had the net effect of lowering their earnings by $125 a month on average.

Study finds minimal impacts from Seattle minimum wage law, but the jury’s still out

A new study from Michael Reich, Sylvia Allegretto, and Anna Godoey of the University of California, Berkeley looks at the effects of Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance.

Washington's minimum wage will increase in 2017, whether or not I-1433 approved

Washington's minimum wage will increase next year to $9.53 per hour, according to the Department of Labor & Industries.

The increase will occur because the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased, and the minimum wage in our state is indexed to inflation. The minimum wage has been $9.47 since 2015 -- CPI declined in 2015, so the 2016 minimum wage remained at the 2015 level.

Policy Today podcast: The perils of I-1433, the statewide initiative on minimum wage, paid sick leave

This November Washington voters will decide the fate of Initiative 1433, which would raise the minimum wage to $13.50/hour statewide and mandate paid sick leave for all employees regardless of the employer's size. There are no exemptions for parts of the state that are less economically robust than the Puget Sound region.

A baseline for future study of Seattle's minimum wage

The UW research team that is studying Seattle's minimum wage ordinance released a report earlier this week that provides baseline employer survey and worker interview information. (There will be more reports from the team as time goes on.)

Under the ordinance, the minimum wage in the city will gradually increase to $15 (how quickly depends on size of employer and whether certain benefits are offered). It went into effect on April 1, 2015, with a minimum wage of either $10 or $11.

InFocus podcast: First week of 2016 legislative session

We're into week one of session, and are delving into the big issues: Minimum wage and paid sick leave, state revenues, McCleary and charter schools. On McCleary we discuss a possible legislative plan and point out the incredibly complex issues involved - issues that can't be resolved in a supplemental budget year.

Paid sick leave and minimum wage action in Washington

Yesterday the Spokane City Council voted to require employers in the city to provide workers with paid sick leave. The city clerk has not yet produced the final text; the ordinance was amended and passed late last night. But the Spokesman-Review reports that employers with more than 10 employees would have to provide five days of paid sick leave. Construction, work-study, seasonal, and temporary employees would be exempt.

InFocus: SeaTac minimum wage ruling, State employment report

Today we're talking about the state Supreme Court ruling on the $15 per-hour minimum wage in SeaTac, and the July state employment report. In this episode:

  • 00:38 - 04:50: SeaTac $15 minimum wage court ruling
  • 04:52 - 09:00: State employment report

Trade-offs of a higher minimum wage include automation

McDonald's had a "dreadful" earnings report this week, according to a Wall Street Journal editorial.

So even one of the world’s most ubiquitous consumer brands cannot print money at its pleasure. This may be news to liberal pressure groups that have lately been demanding that government order the chain known for cheap food to somehow pay higher wages.


Labor regulations and unintended consequences

There has been a lot of comment over the past month or so about the scheduling issues faced by part-time workers. Steven Greenhouse wrote in the New York Times:

As more workers find their lives upended and their paychecks reduced by ever-changing, on-call schedules, government officials are trying to put limits on the harshest of those scheduling practices. . . .