Make It Real: Bringing the New Minimum Wage Home

Source: Beth Shulman, National Employment Law Project Board Chair and Catherine Ruckelshaus, Litigation Director, National Employment Law Project, July 24, 2007

Today, the nation’s low-wage workers will start to get the raise the country voted to give them as the federal minimum wage hike goes into effect. The pay floor will rise from $5.15 per hour to $5.85, and then to $7.25 in two years.

But will it really happen?

The hike sounds good on paper, and we might assume the new law will put more money into the pockets of the workers who need it most. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. First we need to make sure employers obey the law, since a. lot of low-road employers flouted the minimum wage law even at $5.15.

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