May 20, 2015, 3:38 pm EDT
Los Angeles has voted for a minimum wage increase to $15 by 2020.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 in favor of the minimum wage increase. The city’s current minimum wage is $9 an hour and the increase will affect roughly 800,000 people. The first wage increase will happen in July 2016 and will increase minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, reports The Los Angeles Times.
The approval of the minimum wage increase in Los Angeles is being viewed as a victory by many labor activists. However, some businesses have warned that the increase could cause them to lay off workers, or leave the city completely, L.A. Times notes. Read
May 19, 2015, 3:13 pm EDT
President Barack Obama now has his own verified account on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) under the handle “@POTUS”.
President Barack Obama’s Twitter account was opened and verified on Monday, May 18, 2015. The account already has 1.65 million followers and currently follows 65 other people. This account is separate from the official White House Twitter account.
President Obama’s first Tweet is as follows: Read
May 15, 2015, 3:24 pm EDT
Rick Perry will soon join be in the growing list of 2016 presidential candidates.
The former Texas governor — a position he kept for 14 years — will announce his candidacy on June 4. Perry is facing an uphill battle as a Quinnipiac survey revealed that only 3% of Republicans support his candidacy.
The 65-year-old has done plenty of prep work already, consulting advisors on foreign and domestic policy and sought out help to improve his public speaking skills. He’s also visited a number of early voting states such as Iowa. Read
May 11, 2015, 2:35 pm EDT
New York nail salons are facing intense scrutiny and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced emergency measures to protect employees.
A report from the New York Times found that many New York nail salons aren’t paying their employees proper wages. Manicurists are considered tipped employees in the state, but many employers aren’t compensating them to make sure they earned at least minimum wage. They were also being charged $100 to work in a salon, reports Business Insider.
The report also found that some of the chemicals handled by manicurists could have negative health effects, including miscarriages, respiratory problems, and skin infections. These employees were dissuaded from wearing protective gear due to it being “unsightly”. Cuomo’s efforts include educating employees of New York nail salons about their rights, Business Insider notes. Read