'Living Wage' Bill Highlights New Worker Rights Battleground
By Ben James
Law360, New York (September 17, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT) -- A recently vetoed bill that would have forced big retailers in Washington, D.C., to pay a “living wage” shows that worker advocates are focusing on state and city initiatives to avoid the partisan quagmire in Congress, lawyers say, and employers should brace for more localized efforts to expand employee rights.
The Large Retailer Accountability Act — vetoed by Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Sept. 12 — called for employees at large retailers to be paid at least $12.50 an hour. Proponents of the legislation were quick...