Magazine article Personnel Journal

Minimum Wage Gets a Lift

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Minimum Wage Gets a Lift

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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON SIGNED A MINImum-wage law on August 21 that will raise the national minimum wage 90 cents to $5.15 by September 1, 1997. The law, which Clinton signed as the first of three major pieces of legislation the same week of August 19, gave his bid for re-election a boost.

Of the new law, Clinton said: "For many, this bill will make the difference between [citizens'] ability to keep their families together and their failure to do so. This is a truly remarkable piece of legislation. It is pro-work, pro-business and pro-family." Approximately 10 million workers are expected to benefit from the legislation.

The law will phase in the wage hike over two years. Workers will see the first 50 cent increase on October 1 and their next 40 cent raise on September I next year.

Not all workers, however, will be eligible to receive the higher wage. Businesses can pay a "training wage" of $4. …

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