Published Date: 04/28/2014
By George Ports
Minimum Wage Laws
President Obama’s call for increases to the federal minimum wage has caused a bit of controversy on Capitol Hill. Although it is doubtful that the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is going to reach $10.10 per hour any time soon, there are a number of states that have increased their minimum wage to exceed the current federal one.
Connecticut’s Governor has signed legislation that will take his state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour effective in 2017. Legislation passed in Maryland is awaiting its Governor’s signature to take that state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, effective 2018; and Washington, DC’s minimum wage will escalate to $11.50 by 2016.
The 2013 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly had a bill filed (HB 115) by representative Alma Adams (Guilford County) that would have provided for an automatic adjustment to the state’s minimum wage based upon increases in the CPI (Consumer Price Index). CAI and ECNC (Employers Coalition of North Carolina) stood with other NC business advocacy groups opposing said legislation. The bill never got out of committee.
To read HB 115, go to http://j.mp/HB115.
Wisconsin Social Media Privacy Legislation
The Governor of Wisconsin recently signed legislation that prohibits employers, educational institutions and landlords from requesting or requiring passwords or other protected access to personal Internet accounts of students, employees and tenants.
The new law prohibits employers from requesting or requiring an employee or applicant for employment, as a condition of employment, to disclose access to his or her personal Internet account or to otherwise grant access to allow observation of that account.
It has been reported that similar legislation is either pending or has been introduced in 28 states, including North Carolina. Legislation was filed in the 2013 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly that is very similar to the legislation recently signed by Wisconsin’s Governor. The bill, HB 846 – Job and Education Privacy Act, passed the House on May 16, 2013. This legislation, referred to by some as “The Facebook Bill,” is eligible for consideration in the 2014 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly that starts on May 14, 2014.
CAI/ECNC will be monitoring this bill closely and will keep you informed of its status.
To read HB 846, go to http://j.mp/HB-846.
The Employers Coalition of North Carolina (ECNC) was created to give the business community a more focused avenue of public policy input concerning day to day employer-employee workplace issues. ECNC is a partnership of three North Carolina employers’ associations: CAI (Capital Associated Industries), TEA (The Employers Association) and WCI (Western Carolina Industries) and their 2500 members.