In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama said that he wanted to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour in an effort to help working Americans out of poverty. An article on CNNMoney.com explains that this increase would make a full-time job that pays $9 an hour work out to $18,000 a year. Although this increase would certainly help working Americans, the poverty line for a four-person household is about $23,300 per year.
What could help families more would be the president’s recommendation to tie minimum wage to inflation, which according to the article, could prevent its value from being eroded over time. Advocates also say that helping people find higher paying jobs is also important.
Almost all working Americans are struggling in this economy. But those with minimum wage or low paying jobs seem to struggle even more. These workers may perform tasks for their employers that put them in danger physically. Or, they may be injured on the job but not report it, for fear of being terminated. No matter what job you have or what your rate of pay, your safety comes first. If you’ve been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the workers’ comp attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.