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Minimum wage rises to $7 per hour

first_imgVermonts minimum wage rate will rise to $7 per hour as stated below.Note: Effective since July 1, 1989, “if the minimum wage rate established by the U.S. Government is greater than the rate established for Vermont for any year, the Vermont minimum wage rate shall be the rate established by the U.S. Government”.)MINIMUM WAGE, effective thru 12/31/2004: $6.75 per hour workedMINIMUM WAGE, effective 01/01/2005: $7.00 per hour worked.Employers engaged in the hotel, motel, tourist place and restaurant industry shall receive a tip credit for tips actually earned and retained by *service or tipped employees. For service and tipped employees the basic wage rate** will be:Minimum Base Rate …… Maximum Tip Credit AllowedCurrent Rate, eff. 1/1/2004: $3.58/hr. …… $3.17/hr.Rate, eff. 1/1/2005: $3.65/hr. …… $3.35/hr.*Service or Tipped Employees — is defined as “All those, in either hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants who customarily and regularly receives more than $30.00 per month in tips for direct and personal customer service.”** The basic wage rate is the minimum required employer contribution towards the minimum wage. If an employee does not receive sufficient tips in the workweek to at least achieve the minimum wage for all hours worked that week, the employer must make up the difference.last_img read more

Protests in Madrid before partial lockdown widened

first_imgHospitals overrun But national Health Minister Salvador Illa on Friday called on the regional government to extend its restrictions to the entire city as well to surrounding areas with more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.He warned that hospitals in the region of around 6.6 million people are already overrun with coronavirus cases, and it should prepare for some “hard weeks” ahead. In a tweet on Sunday he once again urged the regional government of Madrid to “review the measures it announced and follow the recommendations of scientists and health experts”.Since the central government ended its state of emergency on June 21, responsibility for managing the pandemic has been transferred to Spain’s 17 autonomous regions.Over the past week, Spain has registered the highest number of new cases within the EU with a rate of nearly 300 per 100,000 inhabitants — but in the Madrid region, the figure is currently more than 700 per 100,000.Topics : ‘Makes no sense’ Similar smaller demonstrations were held in other parts of the city, including in front of city hall and at the seat of Madrid’s regional government in the central Puerta del Sol square.”It makes no sense that you can go to work in a wealthier area but can’t go have a drink,” Marcos Ruiz Guijarro, a 27-year-old electrician who like many of his neighbors travels to the center of Madrid every day to work, told AFP.”Infections are rising everywhere, the rules should be the same for everyone.”Many demonstrators complained that the regional government was failing to improve public healthcare or doing anything to reduce overcrowding in the transport system, where they said the virus could easily spread.The protesters clapped in unison while calling for the resignation of regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso, under fire for saying that the “lifestyle” of people in the affected neighborhoods was partly to blame for the rise in COVID-19 cases.The regional government says it has targeted areas where the contagion rate is above 1,000 cases per 100,000 people. Protesters hit the streets of Madrid against virus restrictions on Sunday, a day before a partial lockdown is extended to more areas of Spain’s capital region try to curb a surge in coronavirus cases.The city with its surrounding region is at the epicenter of a second wave of infections sweeping Spain.COVID-19 has already claimed more than 31,000 lives among more than 700,000 cases nationwide, the highest infection rate in the European Union. Some 850,000 people in 37 mainly densely-populated low-income districts in southern Madrid have since September 21 been confined to their neighborhoods, unable to leave except for work, school or medical reasons — although they are able to move freely within their own areas.Parks in the affected neighborhoods are closed and restaurants and other businesses must shut at 10 pm in a country with a tradition of eating late.The regional government of Madrid, which is responsible for health, will from Monday extend the restrictions to eight more districts home to another 167,000 people.Its latest move falls short of a recommendation from Spain’s leftist central government that the partial lockdown should cover the entire city. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Madrid regional parliament in southern district Vallecas, one of the neighborhoods under partial lockdown since last week, to protest against the restrictions.Many complained of discrimination by the authorities.”It’s not lockdown, it’s segregation!” the crowd chanted as they briefly blocked a road in front of the assembly.”They don’t confine the rich,” was among one of the signs on display at the protest, which drew groups of young people, retired couples and young parents pushing baby strollers.last_img read more