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How businesses can handle the hikes in minimum wage - The Globe and Mail

Following Alberta's lead, the Ontario government has committed to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019 and, in addition, is upgrading the mandatory minimum vacation allowance for employees. Business owners now need to make a plan for how ...and more »

Matthew Lau: Wynne's Ontario Liberals know a $15 minimum wage will kill thousands of jobs, but they're doing it anyway - Financial Post

When former Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak wisely proposed in 2014 rescuing the province's finances by reducing public sector employment by 100,000 jobs, Premier Kathleen Wynne called the plan “disastrous.” So how then should we describe Wynne's own plan ...and more »

PC leader Patrick Brown slams 'rapid' plan to introduce $15 minimum wage -

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown says the Wynne government's plan to introduce a $15 minimum wage is happening too quickly, with little regard for its potential impact on business owners. "My concern is the speed that we're going about this, the fact ...and more »

Minimum wage hike a 'balancing act' for region -

The province's plan to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019 is being viewed as a generally good thing, but needs to be balanced with the potential negative consequences especially for small businesses, critics say. And some analysts believe the ...and more »

Supporting Ontario's cities means someone needs to raise taxes, and it should be Kathleen Wynne - TVO

Ontario's towns and cities are facing an infrastructure crisis, and are desperately short of cash to address it. (Dominic Chan/CP). Ontario's municipalities are going to go over a budgetary cliff in the next decade unless they get unprecedented levels ...and more »

Small Businesses Struggling With $15 Minimum Wage, New Site Reports - Forbes

Esha Chhabra , Contributor I write about the growing "industry" of social innovation. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. EPI. The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) launched a new site, cataloguing the stories of 100 small ...and more »

Future Unclear For Illinois House's $15 Wage - NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

The Illinois House has approved a plan to raise Illinois' minimum wage to $15 an hour. But it faces an uphill climb to become law. Listen. Listening... /. 0:51. Brian Mackey reports on the challenges ahead for a Democratic plan to raise Illinois ...and more »

The Job Implications of a $15 Minimum Wage in Illinois - American Action Forum (press release) (blog)

Increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Illinois could cost the state 382,200 jobs by 2025, virtually erasing all job growth over the next decade. Illinois is in no position to absorb this shock, as its struggling labor market already lags the ...and more »

Pricey beer, expensive burgers and slow service? Blame Wynne, says bar owner -

The owner of a downtown London, Ont. bar says that increases to minimum wage in his province could mean pricey beer, expensive burgers and slow service. The Ale House on Dundas Street has a large sign outside warning customers that the bar can't afford ...and more »

Below the Minimum No More - The American Prospect

The Democrats' new $15 minimum wage bill also phases out sub-minimum wages for millions of Americans. PinIt. Share?InstapaperPocket Email Print. Mike Umbrella/Shutterstock. trickle-downers_35.jpg. This week, a majority of the Democrats in both the ...and more »