SEATTLE (AP) — An ordinance that increases the minimum wage in Seattle has been approved by a City Council committee, moving it forward to a full council vote next week.
In a boisterous meeting on Thursday, City Council members approved a delay to implementation of the ordinance, from January 1, 2015 to April 1, 2015.
Mayor Ed Murray has proposed a phase-in of the wage increase over several years, with a slower process for small businesses. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase. Those providing health insurance will have four years to complete the move. Smaller organizations will be given seven years, including a consideration for tips and health-care costs over the first five years of the phase-in.
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