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$15 Minimum Wage: Is it a great thing? $15 Minimum Wage: Is it a great thing?

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$15 Minimum Wage: Is it a great thing?

 

The US House of Representatives on weekday voted 231-199 approve a bill that would increase the federal remuneration to $15 per hour.

 

HR 582 (or the “Raise the Wage Act”) is set-up to step by step increase the remuneration till 2025, once the $15 minimum would be achieved. Tipped staff, new hires younger than twenty years recent and people with disabilities would have schemes to extend their remuneration.

 

To provide for increases in the Federal minimum wage, and for other purposes.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

 

 MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES.

 

(a) In General.—Section 6(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(a)(1)) is amended to read as follows:

 

“(1) except as otherwise provided in this section, not less than—

 

“(A) $8.40 an hour, beginning on the effective date under section 7 of the Raise the Wage Act;

 

“(B) $9.50 an hour, beginning 1 year after such effective date;

 

“(C) $10.60 an hour, beginning 2 years after such effective date;

 

“(D) $11.70 an hour, beginning 3 years after such effective date;

 

“(E) $12.80 an hour, beginning 4 years after such effective date;

 

“(F) $13.90 an hour, beginning 5 years after such effective date;

 

“(G) $15.00 an hour, beginning 6 years after such effective date; and

 

“(H) beginning on the date that is 7 years after such effective date, and annually thereafter, the amount determined by the Secretary under subsection (h);”.

 

(b) Determination Based On Increase In The Median Hourly Wage Of All Employees.—Section 6 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206) is amended by adding at the end the following:

 

“(h) (1) Not later than each date that is 90 days before a new minimum wage determined under subsection (a)(1)(H) is to take effect, the Secretary shall determine the minimum wage to be in effect under this subsection for each period described in subsection (a)(1)(H). The wage determined under this subsection for a year shall be—

 

“(A) not less than the amount in effect under subsection (a)(1) on the date of such determination;

 

“(B) increased from such amount by the annual percentage increase, if any, in the median hourly wage of all employees as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and

 

“(C) rounded up to the nearest multiple of $0.05.

 

“(2) In calculating the annual percentage increase in the median hourly wage of all employees for purposes of paragraph (1)(B), the Secretary, through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shall compile data on the hourly wages of all employees to determine such a median hourly wage and compare such median hourly wage for the most recent year for which data are available with the median hourly wage determined for the preceding year.”.

 

NEWLY HIRED EMPLOYEES WHO ARE LESS THAN 20 YEARS OLD.

 

(a) Base Minimum Wage For Newly Hired Employees Who Are Less Than 20 Years Old.—Section 6(g)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(g)(1)) is amended by striking “a wage which is not less than $4.25 an hour.” and inserting the following:“a wage at a rate that is not less than—

“(A) for the 1-year period beginning on the effective date under section 7 of the Raise the Wage Act, $5.50 an hour;

 

“(B) for each succeeding 1-year period until the hourly wage under this paragraph equals the wage in effect under section 6(a)(1) for such period, an hourly wage equal to the amount determined under this paragraph for the preceding year, increased by the lesser of—


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“(i) $1.25; or

 

“(ii) the amount necessary for the wage in effect under this paragraph to equal the wage in effect under section 6(a)(1) for such period, rounded up to the nearest multiple of $0.05; and

 

“(C) for each succeeding 1-year period after the increase made pursuant to subparagraph (B)(ii), the minimum wage in effect under section 6(a)(1).”.

 

(b) Scheduled Repeal Of Separate Minimum Wage For Newly Hired Employees Who Are Less Than 20 Years Old.—

 

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 6(g) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(g)), as amended by subsection (a), shall be repealed.

 

(2) PUBLICATION OF NOTICE.—Subsection (i) of section 6 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206), as amended by section 3(c)(2), is further amended by striking “or subparagraph (B) or (C) of subsection (g)(1),”.

 

(3) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The repeal and amendment made by paragraphs (1) and (2), respectively, shall take effect on the date that is 1 day after the date on which the hourly wage under subparagraph (C) of section 6(g)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(g)(1)), as amended by subsection (a), takes effect.

 

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