In June 2018, at the end of the session for that year’s General Assembly, the minimum wage was finally raised to $9.25 this past October and then up to $10.25 by October 2021. Of course, this is still insanely low and the General Assembly needs to pass Senate 105, which would raise the minimum wage in steps up to $15 by 2024. Obviously, this new bill would supersede the bill passed last year.
During that passage of the minimum wage increase in June 2018, angry Republicans who oppose the existence of the minimum wage yet alone any increase of it to benefit working Delawareans, took the Capital Bond bill hostage and said they would not provide the necessary votes for its passage unless the General Assembly agreed to the passage of youth and training wages that would weaken the just passed increase in the minimum wage. And because Democrats are the responsible governing party, they agreed to the demands of the criminal Republicans.
Efforts to repeal those youth and training wages have been introduced in the House but have yet to go anywhere. But State Representative Kim Williams’ House Bill 289 just might, since it has the co-sponsorship of two Republicans: Senator Anthony Delcollo and Representative Mike Ramone. This bill clarifies when an employer may pay a training wage in lieu of the minimum wage, supposedly to prevent employer shenanigans where they could constantly reclassify an employee as in training for another position after they complete training for a first position. The bill states that a training wage is only during the first 90 days after the employee is initially hired by the employer.
WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce 1/30/20
DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – K. Williams, Walsh, Osienski, Hansen, Paradee, Poore, Sokola, Sturgeon, Baumbach, Bentz, Chukwuocha, Cooke, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Longhurst, Matthews, Mitchell, Seigfried, Viola
REPUBLICAN SPONSORS – Delcollo, Ramone, M.Smith
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