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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Living American Wage (LAW) Act of 2009 (H.R. 3041)

Living American Wage (LAW) Act of 2009 (H.R. 3041)

Core Provisions: The Living American Wage Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to provide for the calculation of the minimum wage based on the federal poverty threshold. This legislation would require the Secretary of Labor to recalculate the minimum wage rate by no later than June 1, 2010, and subsequently once every four years. The Secretary would be required to set the rate at such a level that a person working for minimum wage 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year would earn an amount fifteen percent higher than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two, including one child under the age of 18, as published each year by the Census Bureau.

The current federal minimum wage is $6.55 per hour and is set to increase to $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. The minimum wage is not currently tied to any federal poverty standards.

Status: Rep. Green (D-TX) introduced the legislation on June 25, 2009, and it was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. Rep. Green introduced similar legislation in the 110th Congress, but that bill failed to make it out of committee.