Brent Baughman Discusses Louisville Minimum Wage Fight in Louisville Business First
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partner Brent R. Baughman discussed a pre-filed minimum wage bill that would allow local governments to set their own minimum wage limits as long as they exceed state and federal requirements in a recent issue of Louisville Business First.
The bill proposed by Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, was filed a week before the Louisville Metro Council voted to increase the city’s minimum wage to $9 an hour. Opponents of the wage increase have threatened legal action, saying the city doesn’t have the standing to raise the minimum wage.
“I think it is destined for litigation,” said Baughman, who discussed the minimum wage dispute previously. “I think the metro government exceeded its authority.”
As for Meeks’ bill, Baughman added that Kentucky’s Republican-controlled Senate likely won’t support it; however, if it were to pass the General Assembly would need to insert language to make it a retroactive bill, thereby covering the Louisville Metro government’s action.
You can read the full article, “Meeks bill could give Louisville legal cover in minimum wage fight,” on the Louisville Business First website.
Additional details on the proposed Louisville minimum wage increase can be found in the Winter 2015 issue of BGD Magazine.