Proponents have undertaken a broad-based, coordinated, and intensive effort to increase the FLSA's minimum wage to $9.80 per hour and beyond.
A bill introduced last week would raise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage to $10.00 per hour.
If a 35% spike in the FLSA minimum wage, a $590-per-week increase in the salary amount required for exempt "white collar" workers, an immediate 41% rise in the cash wage required for tipped employees, and a new paid-time-off requirement are prescriptions for an economic upturn, then help might be on the way.
Recent U.S. Labor Department news releases show something important about its current approach to enforcing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
It is all-too-common for employers to make expensive mistakes where the FLSA tip-credit is concerned.
President Obama's signature recently put the finishing touch on a delay of previously-scheduled increases in the minimum wage for American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.