North Country businesses are bracing for a 20% increase in the minimum wage which is sure to pass the Legislature and become effective July 1.
One thing about the minimum wage is it attempts to regulate all jobs as if they are the same. Some jobs are entry level, some are income supplements later in life, some are summer jobs during college. No such jobs are held by those proposing, debating or advocating for it.
Many jobs are not part of the minimum wage structure at all, as they are "under the table". Many people prefer such jobs, although a responsible employer is running a risk of getting caught and the employee loses things like Social Security credits and other benefits.
Minimum wage in many service jobs means little as the real money is in tips that add several dollars an hour of pay, which more often than not is tax free.
There are some jobs for which a minimum wage of $8.75 is generous and some it may be stingy.
The higher minimum wage will force employers to be smarter with scheduling and in a price sensitive environment, businesses may opt for fewer hours of labor in order to hold the line on prices.
Advice to those seeking to earn a better living. Show up...look good...be honest...be ready to work...make yourself valuable to the boss....seek more hours and offer to work when others don't....build a good reference that can follow you to better opportunities.
A higher minimum wage will mean employers are less likely to "settle". The new law can be a boon to those who want to work and climb the ladder.
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