In February during his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase to the federal minimum wage, in stages, to $9 per hour.
Subsequently, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) introduced S. 460 and H.R. 1010, the “Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013,” which would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and provide for future annual minimum wage increases tied to inflation. The legislation would also raise the cash wage for tipped employees to 70 percent of the federal minimum wage.
In November, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S. 1737 (Sen. Harkin), which was modeled on legislation introduced earlier in 2013 (S. 460), was sent directly to the Senate floor.
The National Restaurant Association has been actively engaged in combating these efforts to increase the federal minimum wage.
In recent weeks, Senate activity has risen in regard to the minimum wage,. Specifically, discussions have begun that could lead to a vote in early 2014.
As small businesses across the country struggle for survival in a difficult economic climate with an ever-growing list of mandated government costs and regulations, misguided legislation such as the “Fair Minimum Wage Act” will negatively impact labor and operating costs for business large and small. This legislation will reduce the number of jobs that are created in the restaurant industry, and slow the rate of growth of our economy.
Take action now and tell Congress to stop attacking small business!