Research

  • Should Florida Fight For $15?: An analysis of businesses' anticipated responses to proposed increases in the minimum wage

    October 2017

    Across the nation, lawmakers continue to grapple with the viability and impact of increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Last year, the Florida state legislature took up the measure in Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 109, that would begin raising the $8.10 rate, beginning in January 2017. A ballot measure for 2018 or 2020 has also been discussed. What is the potential impact [...]
  • The Impact of an $11 Minimum Wage in St. Louis

    March 2017

    The Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that the city of St. Louis acted within its authority to approve a 43 percent minimum wage increase to $11 an hour by 2018. This decision is currently being appealed, and Missouri state legislators are considering legislation that would nullify the municipal wage hike and set one minimum wage at the state level. Minimum wage proponents in the city [...]
  • The Impact of a $12 Minimum Wage in Maine

    September 2016

    Proponents of a higher minimum wage in Maine, led by the state AFL-CIO, have gathered enough signatures to put their proposed $12 minimum wage to a vote this November. Executive Director Matt Schlobohm defended the proposed 60 percent increase with a moral appeal: “Working people deserve fair wages…they deserve better than poverty for full-time work.” The accumulated evidence, including a new analysis specific to Maine, shows that a wage increase will not deliver these [...]
  • The Labor Market Impacts of Paid Sick Leave: Evidence from Connecticut

    August 2016

    In 2012, Connecticut became the first US state to enact a law requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave. Four years later, the state remains one of the only significant sources of data on the labor market impact of such a law. (California and Oregon only recently enacted similar laws via their state legislatures, as did Massachusetts voters at the ballot box.) In a survey [...]
  • Anticipated Business Reactions to a $15 Minimum Wage in Washington, D.C.

    May 2016

    This report features the results of survey of 100 Washington, D.C. businesses that would be affected by the $15 minimum wage proposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The survey, conducted between May 6 and May 19, 2016, asked D.C. employers about their experiences with recently-enacted minimum wage increases in the District, as well as their reactions to the proposed $15 requirement. (The Mayor has also proposed raising [...]
  • Weighing Priorities for Part-Time Workers: An Early Evaluation of San Francisco's Formula Retail Scheduling Ordinance

    May 2016

    In recent years, San Francisco has led the charge for additional workplace mandates. These include a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave, and the availability of a “fair” schedule. The city was the first to enact legislation on this latter point, passing the Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinance in late 2014. San Francisco’s law requires most “chain” stores, as well as their contractors, to provide schedules [...]