S.1242 - Raise the Wage Act of 2017Bernard Sanders Child Rights Poverty & Family Economics
See blog post: “Increasing the Minimum Wage is Good for Child Well-Being”
This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the federal minimum wage for regular employees over a seven year period, for tipped employees, and for newly hired employees who are less than 20 years old.
The bill sets forth a schedule of annual increases in the federal minimum wage for individuals with disabilities. The Department of Labor shall no longer issue special certificates for the payment of subminimum wages to such individuals after the final wage increase under this bill for such individuals takes effect.
Labor shall provide, upon request, technical assistance and information to employers to: (1) help them transition their practices to comply with wage increases and other requirements under this bill for individuals with disabilities, and (2) ensure continuing employment opportunities for such individuals.
The bill eliminates the separate minimum wage requirements for tipped, newly hired, and disabled employees. After a specified period, these employees shall be paid the same minimum wage as regular employees.
Labor must publish any increase in the minimum wage in the Federal Register and on its website 60 days before it takes effect.