Currently, California is one of just seven states — along with Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Minnesota — that require employers to pay workers full minimum wage before tips. In New York, for example, the minimum wage is $8.75, but for food services workers there, a maximum tip credit of $3.75 can be used against that requirement, making the minimum cash wage paid by restaurant owners just $5. … [Read more...] about Rising minimum wages put spotlight on the tip credit debate
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You have to love Alex Dickerson’s sense of humor. In Sunday’s home game against Arizona, he tried to decapitate some of the cardboard cutouts in the stands down the left-field line. In part it was Dickerson’s way of saying the Giants should find a way to get some Ball Dudes and Dudettes onto the field so the outfielders don’t have to chase foul balls. … [Read more...] about Yes, baseball deserves credit for navigating the coronavirus pandemic
CDB has assets estimated at $1.7 trillion and serves as “a key player in China’s projection of ‘soft power’ abroad, funding projects in Africa and Latin America,” Fortune reported. “China’s ruling State Council has taken steps … to tighten its control over CDB and other policy banks, and it is widely expected to redirect the focus of their financing efforts more tightly on infrastructure and away from commercially-oriented projects.” … [Read more...] about China Announces Investment of ‘Hundreds of Billions of Yuan’ into Key Industry Projects
Cohen acknowledges and apologizes for his role in Trump's rise, saying he was "more than willing to lie, cheat, and bully" to help his long-time boss win the White House. And he recounts the pressure and guilt he experienced as he spoke out against Trump, writing that he considered suicide "as a way to escape the unrelenting insanity" in the weeks prior to testifying to Congress in 2019. … [Read more...] about In tell-all book, Michael Cohen says Trump hired a ‘Faux-Bama’ before White House run
Marcy Richardson is hanging on, but only barely, and she's both angry and illustrative of how the pandemic has upended artists' lives. A classically trained opera singer who lives in Brooklyn, she honed a second specialty as an acrobat and has worked steadily for years in variety shows and high-end burlesque, with avant-garde troupes such as Bushwick's Company XIV and event producers including Susanne Bartsch. Now, as the $75,000 she made last year as a singing aerialist goes to zero, Richardson, 40, doesn't understand why government aid has not been solidified to help sustain backbone-of-the-city steady earners like herself. … [Read more...] about New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.