Target raises its minimum wage to $11 per hour

Retailers upping hourly wage and why this is good for people on workers’ compensation in Michigan.

CNBC is reporting that Target will be increasing its minimum wage to $11 per hour for all U.S. stores. Target has also committed to eventually boosting its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. Hundreds of thousands of workers across the United States could see a big raise.

This news comes on the heels of a recent pay increase for Wal-Mart employees. According to CNBC, these mega retailers have been engaged in a wage war for years.

We applaud Target for this move and hope other retailers take note. American workers are entitled to a living wage and this is good news for everybody.

Higher wages also have a positive impact on workers’ compensation benefits in Michigan. Disabled employees are supposed to receive 80% of their after-tax average weekly wage. However, this amount is capped at 90% of the state-wide average weekly wage, currently $870.00 per week.

The idea is to limit wage loss benefits to what most employees in Michigan are earning. High wage earners are stuck with this arbitrary maximum regardless of their income. Some of our clients see their pay cut by more than half.

Rising wages will result in a higher state-wide average. This means people on workers’ compensation will see greater benefits more aligned to their salary.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.

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