Wisconsin residents may be interested in recent comments by President Obama on a newly announced plan by Gap Inc. to raise its minimum wage. On Feb. 19, President Obama praised the retailer's decision to hike its minimum wage to $9 per hour in 2014 and $10.10 in 2015. The changes are expected to affect 65,000 Gap employees across all of the company's brands, including Old Navy and Banana Republic.
President Obama has been trying to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10, but has faced significant pressure in Congress. Opponents have pointed to a Congressional Budget Office report that said a raise in the minimum wage could cost up to 500,000 jobs. However, the President has said that there are dozens of economic reports that say otherwise. President Obama has already raised the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers under federal contract.
State and federal minimum wage laws are designed to make sure that every worker is fairly compensated for his or her time and effort. However, that doesn't always happen, despite the laws that are in place. Workers who feel they are being compensated or treated in an unfair manner may be able to take legal action to rectify the situation. An attorney who has experience in workplace disputes could review the situation and recommend whether legal action is appropriate.
Source: USA Today, "Obama praises Gap for raising its minimum wage", Aamer Madhani, February 19, 2014