Moving the Goalposts on Seattle’s Minimum Wage
Nick Cassella
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Part of the problem w/ calculating minimum wages is that reduced weekly hours divided by 40 is counted as a job loss when in fact no one lost their job. If you cut hours to try to cope w/ increased costs employees are still doing better than they were before & time is money after all. So if you go from 5 days/week to 4.5 days/week w/basically the same pay you are better off. Plus your hours will probably revert to 40 once things settle down yet if you have 10 employees in this situation you are counted as losing a job yet no one was let go.

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