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Hammond Weighs in on Minimum Wage Hike

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Grand Rapids Business Journal
January 8, 2021

Labor & employment law attorney, Cliff Hammond was recently quoted in the Grand Rapids Business Journal article ​Minimum wage hike must wait.

Although no one really knows what the next 12 months may bring, there is one thing that Michiganders don’t have to speculate about: the increase in the minimum wage.

The minimum wage will remain the same as it was in 2020 — $9.65 — despite the state’s Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act that instituted a gradual increase in minimum wages until 2030, when it was poised to become $12.05. This year, the minimum wage was supposed to be $9.87.

Although the unemployment rate has been on the decline, Clifford Hammond, an employment and labor attorney at Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, said there needs to be a consistent 12-month pattern showing significant unemployment rate decreases for the hike to kick in...

See the full article here.