Oped Archive

  • New Report Marks The Beginning Of The End For ‘Fight For $15’

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    What a difference a week makes. Last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray trumpeted a new report on his city's minimum wage experiment, from a team of researchers sympathetic to the cause. As I wrote at the time, the Mayor's request of this report was unusual, given that the city had already funded a separate University of Washington study. Today, the reason for the Mayor's actions is clearer: A […]
  • Capitol Hill’s hypocrisy on intern pay

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Hill

    It's intern season in the nation’s capital, where hundreds of young adults decamp to D.C. for the summer to learn the legislative process. Who knew they'd also get an object lesson in Capitol Hill hypocrisy? The recently-introduced Raise the Wage Act of 2017 would increase the federal minimum wage by 107 percent, to $15 an hour from $7.25. A new Employment Policies Institute analysis shows that 95 percent of […]
  • The Problems With A New Study On Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage

     ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    The headlines were ebullient: "Minimum Wage Increase Hasn't Killed Jobs in Seattle." So said a report from a team of researchers affiliated with the University of California-Berkeley, timed for the three-year anniversary of the law. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray conveniently had an infographic designed and ready to go for the study's release. His office excitedly tweeted that the policy had "raised food workers' pay, without negative impact on employment," linking to an uploaded […]
  • Michael Saltsman: Tipped jobs would suffer from hike in minimum wage

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Columbus Dispatch

    Leaving a tip for your server at the end of a meal out is a custom as American as apple pie. A poorly understood provision in companion bills being supported by Ohio Reps. Marcia Fudge, Joyce Beatty, Marcy Kaptur and Tim Ryan, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown, puts this tradition, and the highly paid tipped jobs it supports, at risk. The bill, Raise the Wage Act […]
  • Private Attorneys General Act is another burden to California small businesses

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    No one questions the necessity of basic workplace protections that keep employees safe. But what happens when minor compliance or technical errors, like a missed lunch break or misclassified information on a paystub, become multi-million dollar liabilities for small employers? Such is the status quo under California’s Private Attorneys General Act, known colloquially as the “sue your boss” law. PAGA allows employees to sue their employer […]
  • Opinion: Retail apocalypse has crippled teen job market

    May 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  East Bay Times

    Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start to summer. But for young jobseekers, there is nothing to celebrate. American retailers that have traditionally staffed up in summers are closing at an unprecedented rate. More than 3,500 stores have closed already this year, with at least 10 well-known retail chains filing for bankruptcy protection. These include RadioShack, Payless Shoes, and Rue21, which plan to close more than […]