The biggest job wage boom is blue collar, but will it last for workers?

Companies are in desperate need of workers across the country as the economic reopening collides with a tight labor market, but the boom in manual labor job wage growth pre-dates the pandemic. Donna Kauffman, co-owner of a landscaping design and construction company in Colleyville, Texas, said a tightened labor market has pushed her starting wage … Read more

What McDonald’s minimum wage raise says about fast-food franchise future

Employees work the counter at a McDonald’s restaurant located inside the company’s new corporate headquarters on June 4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson | Getty Images News | Getty Images For Tom Locke, his tipping point on staff wages came back in March, during a conversation with a tired store manager, Heidi, in Coventry … Read more

Sen. Joe Manchin open to party-line vote on future bills with voting rights legislation now in focus

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WVA) removes his mask to speak as bipartisan members of the Senate and House gather to announce a framework for fresh coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief legislation at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 1, 2020. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Sen. Joe Manchin, the moderate Democrat from West Virginia, said … Read more

Rules notified for Code on Wages Advisory Body

The government has notified rules governing the constitution and functions of the central advisory board under the Code on Wages, paving the way for the government to initiate work on a national floor-level minimum wage. The Code on Wages prescribes for a statutory floor-level minimum wage for the country. The government is keen to roll … Read more

Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan

President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats face challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party-line vote of 219 to … Read more

As support for $15 minimum wage gains momentum, Main Street fears it’s not the right time

While small business owners are cheering President Joe Biden’s plans to direct more aid to a Main Street that has been ravaged by the pandemic, they’re also debating another of his pledges — hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Workers’ rights groups are cheering the move, but advocates for America’s smallest businesses … Read more

View: Why an urban job guarantee scheme is a bad idea

A crisis like Covid-19 justifies emergency outlays to help unemployed urban workers. Synopsis Since a guaranteed urban wage can be double the MGNREGA rate, any given budget outlay can create up to twice as many jobs in rural as in urban areas. The government is reportedly considering an urban jobs scheme. Some economists hope this … Read more

Govt to hire experts for framing rules of three labour codes

The labour ministry has sought application from legal experts that it aims to hire as consultants on contractual basis to help government frame rules of the three labour codes which have been recently passed by the Parliament. The two experts are being sought at the level of joint secretary and director or deputy secretary level. … Read more