Connecticut aims to recoup state costs attributable to low-wage employers.
Connecticut lawmakers are moving forward with a proposal that could effectively raise the minimum wage of many of the state’s low-wage workers to $15 an hour.
The bill, SB 1044, would subject for-profit companies with 500 or more employees to a fine for every employee who is paid less than $15 an hour, essentially forcing those companies to raise wages or pay if they refuse.
The bill would be the first of its kind in the country.
— Nina Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check
Note: The SB-1044 proposal ‘would fine corporations with 500 or more employees one dollar an hour for each employee who was paid less than $15 an hour for their work.’ Employers are not likely to raise their minimum pay to $15 an hour to avoid a $1 per hour fine. Still, Connecticut’s proposed legislature is a powerful statement and is a step in the right direction.