Minimum Wage Shenanigans

When is an increase in the minimum wage not a victory for low wage workers? When it makes business compliance all but voluntary. Tennessee is set to implement a one dollar increase, but special interests got a hold of the process and removed any enforcement mechanism. This means that it's up to a worker earning less than $6.15 an hour to bring a civil lawsuit for enforcement. This absolutely must not happen here. We'll have to be on the lookout: a special interest victor in Tennessee will lead to the application of the same tactics here.

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From what I recently heard...

this is similar to the Mass. healthcare plan, where if you don't provide healthcare you must pay a $300 fine? That was from someone at the healthcare forum in Chapel Hill. The Republicans have added a new layer to their duplicity. Pass bills that sound good but have no meat. If Dems get a spine, they are against the minimum wage and if they do vote for it then "Hey, we just changed the minimum wage last year" when they try to fix it.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Sad state of affairs ...

when we throw the book at a 16yr old who gets in trouble and let upper management off the hook for offenses large and small ... in the name of being pro-business.

There is a line somewhere "back there" where we threw off "fair" moderation/regulation, and we adopted an odd philosophy we call "pro-business", but really is just plain "anti-worker".

On the bright side, if there

On the bright side, if there is one, a worker who sues gets awarded attorney fees and legal costs -- if they win. At any rate, you are exactly right that not many people making less than $6.15 are going to be inclined, or able, to fight it in court. And you are also right to be on the lookout for such shenanigans in your bill.