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Today, Boston considers a holiday, a work spat goes viral, and a tax credit is floated to make a $15 minimum wage attractive.
Boston Considers Making Election Day a Holiday
Would more people vote if they didn’t have to work? Some in Boston certainly think so. The city is considering a proposal to make election day a holiday.
The Number: 14%. Fourteen percent of non-voters said they skipped because of a conflicting schedule.
The Quote: “Voting during the workday limits the participation of those unable to afford to take time off work.”
When Work Conflicts Get Push Notifications
A workplace conflict over a missing payment exploded into public when the aggrieved worker accidently sent his demand for $6,000 in wages as a push notification to users of the American Hockey League app. It’s a pretty funny story.
The Number: 30,000. Approximately 12-15 push notifications were sent out to 30,000 users of the app.
The Quote: “Stewart Zimmel. Since I have no way to contact you are you owe me nearly $6,000 I would ask you to contact me about payment. Also, I’m filing a workplace report against you for threatening to punch me in the throat nemours times.”
Congress Floats Tax Break for Small Business in $15 Min Wage
As several Democratic lawmakers in Congress continue to push for a bill to increase the minimum wage nationally to $15 per hour, some are suggesting a tax credit for small businesses. The idea is to make the bill more palatable by helping small business absorb the labor costs.
The Number: $10 billion. Some lawmaker aides said the price tag for the credit could be $10-40 billion.
The Quote: “I represent an area that cannot absorb a $15 minimum wage as fast as other areas of the country that are perhaps a little more economically robust.”