Restaurant operators face minimum-wage patchwork

Restaurant operators face minimum-wage patchwork

States, cities hike pay floor in absence of federal action

Restaurant operators face an increasingly complicated patchwork of minimum wage increases that have been building ever since the last Congress-approved hike to $7.25 an hour in July 2009.

Fueled by increased pressure from worker groups and public sentiment that favored higher minimum wages, cities and states over the past two years have been quilting together increases that have especially flummoxed restaurant operators affiliated with national brands and franchisor organization

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