A minimum wage hike is still just a set of competing bills on Beacon Hill, but Massachusetts retailers want any future pay increases delayed until at least 2015.
The Boston Business Journal reports:
With less than a month to go and still no decision from the Legislature, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts and Associated Industries of Massachusetts are asking legislative leaders to delay the effective start until Jan. 1, 2015. This start date, at least, would put the bill in line with language in a union-backed ballot question. (That question most likely won?t make it to the polls if lawmakers can act first.)
[Retailers Association of Massachusetts] President Jon Hurst says it's simply unreasonable, at this point, to ask a small business to change its wage rates with such short notice. Smaller employers, he says, should get at least several months notice before a government-mandated payroll increase takes effect.