You can dance without a lawyer
If a business wants to attract talent and keep them, they need to cough up some money. Hopefully Wal-Mart finally recognizes that. Looks like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are following suit. Props to them.
Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can sit in a boat, drinking beer all day while you fool around with his Woman.
skills and market/business forces set wage levels, not age.
prevailing wage?...for unskilled labor positions?... it's called "minimum wage".
it's not "taking advantage" of minimum wage... it's applying the very principle of the minimum wage
the wage floor is set to cover entry level unskilled positions.. always has been...always will be.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
the only time in the 60's i made above minimum wage is when I worked under the table...though i didn't have my first "real" job until '66
it did buy more than it does today, sure thing....but wages are not the only factor there... cost of living levels went nuts since then.
define "minimum standard of living"?.. is that just the bare necessities of food and shelter?.... or is it more of an arbitrary thing like "a living wage"?
the advise I tend to give folks is it to work hard,work smart, gain more skills,master the skills you have, and negotiate your wages aggressively...I also tend to advise people to stay out of the retail sector if at all possible.
all of this is how we operate under our current system... if you want to talk in terms of changing our system, i advocate doing away with minimum wage altogether( as well as most, if not all of our social welfare programs) and going to a basic income guarantee for every adult citizen in the country.... but that's just a dream.. nobody is going to allow that.