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This policy brief examines the effects of Denver\'s 2011 Initiative 300 which enables employees to acquire sick time hours depending on the size of their business and how many hours they work. This brief examines the experiences of San Francisco and Washington D.C. in implementing paid sick leave policies. The brief analyzes the issue from public health and economic perspectives. The brief concludes that the direct costs to businesses of a paid-sick-leave law are relatively small and are mitigated in whole or in part by indirect savings due to increased worker productivity and lower employee turnover. In addition, the brief finds that paid sick leave results in improved public health and reduced overall costs to the health care system.
This ordinance requires protected sick time for employees of businesses working in the City of Portland and authorizes the mayor to enter into a contract with Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industries for enforcement.
This ordinance requires all employers to provide a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked by an employee; provides that employers are not required to provide more than 72 hours of sick leave for an employee in a calendar year and employees of small businesses will not accrue more than 40 hours of paid sick leave in a calendar year, unless the employer selects a higher limit.
This report examines methods for cities to improve job quality in their communities by using city regulatory power to establish wage floors and other employment standards, regulating domestic-employee placing agencies, using city resources to enforce existing government employment regulations, implementing equal opportunity employment policies, using city proprietary interests, and curbing employers\\\' practices that take advantage of immigrant workers. The policy recommendations in the report are based on the experience of cities around the country.
Provides enforcement agency with access to places of business to investigate wage theft cases. Allows agency investigations into wage theft cases to extend beyond one year. Requires employers being investigated to post a notice to all employees indicating that fact. Increases penalties for retaliation by employers against employees and for failure to comply with other requirements under the law. Provides enforcement agency with authority to require the payment of back wages owed to employees to be paid directly to the city, which is then held in escrow until the employee owed wages can be located. Requires enforcement agency to develop outreach materials to conduct education campaigns aimed at employees.
This ordinance amends the Philadelphia code to require employers within organizations or public agencies that receive city contracts, subcontracts, leases, concessions, financial assistance, or other forms of city support to provide their employees with a higher minimum wage. The new minimum wage standard in this ordinance is an hourly wage, excluding benefits, of at least 150 percent of the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher. This ordinance also establishes a Living Wage Advisory Committee to review the implementation and effectiveness of this law.
This ordinance requires hotels in the Los Angeles International Airport corridor containing 50 rooms or more, in recognition of the benefits they receive from city investment in the corridor, to pay hotel workers a living wage of $9.39 with health benefits or $10.64 without health benefits as of July 1, 2007. Beginning January 1, 2008, these rates are to be adjusted annually based on the local consumer price index.
The ordinance requires the city and all qualifying businesses to pay employees a living wage; and indexes minimum wage increases to the consumer price index for the western region for urban wage earners and clerical workers.
This chart demonstrates the impact of union membership on income and wealth distribution. It allows users to select between a number of metrics related to unionization and income inequality in order to further illustrate this relationship. The chart illustrates a consistent theme that as union power has declined, so too has the share of national income going to wages and salaries, and to the bottom and middle of the income spectrum.
This chart allows users to compare the United States along a number of economic indicators related to income, employment, and economic security. By selecting between these measurements and offering a geographic view of these statistics, users are better able to visualize trends in economic factors and make comparisons between states.