Irish minimum wage will go up by 30c on New Year's Day

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Florida's minimum wage will increase to $8.25 an hour Monday, 15 cents higher than the current rate. On Sunday, the general minimum wage will increase from $9.70 an hour to $10.40 an hour. President Barack Obama stumped for a minimum wage hike throughout his second term, but Republicans in Congress blocked Democratic proposals from coming up for a vote.

Goodell said the earned income tax credit is targeted to those who need it most, while a minimum wage increase is across the board.

A group is circulating petitions to put raising Michigan's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 on the November ballot. Likewise, mentoring and training allows employees the chance to rise in the ranks. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now require a higher minimum wage than the federal one. The increase will be phased in over a longer period for workers in the rest of the state. "Wages continue to increase in Chautauqua County because we're continuing to see economic development".

Michigan's minimum wage increases 35 cents
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For fast-food workers outside of New York City, the minimum wage will rise to $12.75 an hour on Dec. 31, 2018, $13.75 an hour on Dec. 31, 2019 and $14.50 an hour on Dec. 31, 2020. And while states like OH and Kentucky have blocked wage increases, others like Colorado and Hawaii just instituted pay raises of nearly a dollar.

Beginning New Year's Day, a new family leave policy will take effect, allowing job-protected paid time off for new parents, caretakers, and family members of active military personnel serving overseas. "Additionally, more costs and regulations make NY less competitive with other regions in terms of economic growth".

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