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  • New project highlights teenagers struggling to find work

    Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) launched a new web project featuring the stories of more than six dozen teenagers around the country who’ve been unable to find work for the summer. The stories, collected through Facebook, highlight the difficulties … Continue reading

  • The Sick Leave Fight Moves South To Texas

    Labor backed activists have collected signatures for a ballot measure that would force all San Antonio businesses to provide paid sick leave. The data shows that previous attempts to mandate paid sick leave did little to address workplace sickness, and actually hurt employees’ … Continue reading

  • July 1st Minimum Wage Increases: What You Need to Know

    On July 1st, eighteen states and locales will see mid-year minimum wage hikes. Ten cities in California alone will see minimum wage increases, despite evidence that previous minimum wage increases have decreased employment opportunities in industries with a higher percentage … Continue reading

  • Does Raising The Minimum Wage Worsen Poverty For The Disadvantaged?

    Decades of economic research and policymaking have focused on minimum wages, tax credits, and welfare programs as essential tools to improve the lives of struggling and disadvantaged Americans. In this new study, economists David Neumark and Brittany Bass of the … Continue reading

  • EEOC Data Debunks Claimed Link Between Tip Credits And Sexual Harassment

    Perhaps the most-popular argument for eliminating the tip credit is the claim that states without one have half the rate of restaurant sexual harassment as those states that do. Earlier this year, the Employment Policies Institute released a report-length examination … Continue reading

  • Fight for $15 in New Jersey is a Fight Against Teen Employment

    New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has his sights set on gradually raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.60 to $15 an hour.  But many small business owners fear that customers will question whether it’s worth paying more for virtually the same … Continue reading

  • Let Michigan Servers Keep Their Tips

    This fall, Michigan voters may consider a ballot proposal to further increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour—a 30 percent increase over the state’s current minimum wage. However, included in this proposal is a far more radical policy … Continue reading

  • ROC Wants To Destroy New York’s “System of Tipping”

    A full-page ad in today’s New York Post exposes the true motives behind the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and its push to eliminate the tip credit. (For those not acquainted with the tip credit debate, a primer is available here.) ROC’s founder, … Continue reading

  • What Cuomo Gets Wrong about the Tipped Wage

    Governor Andrew Cuomo is eager to abolish New York’s tipped wage. So eager, in fact, that he’s willing to justify his agenda with false data analysis from the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). A new policy brief from the Employment Policies … Continue reading

  • The Tipped-Wage Beer in Texas

    Something odd is brewing in Texas. Oasis Texas Brewing Company will release a new pale ale named “$2.13” on January 26th to “bring awareness to the fact that these servers and bartenders in the service industry are making $2.13 an … Continue reading

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