By EPI, Special for USDR.
- In San Francisco, a survey of employers by the Institute for Womens Policy Research found that just three percent reported a reduction in workplace illness after that citys sick leave law passed. The vast majority reported no change. A more recent survey of Seattle employers, released by the city auditor, found a similar result.
- The same IWPR survey found that nearly 30 percent of the lowest paid employees in San Francisco reported layoffs or reduced hours following the passage of a paid sick leave mandate. An Urban Institute survey noted that some San Francisco employers delayed or cancelled planned wage increases or eliminated vacation or bonuses in response to the mandate.
- An analysis of the last two decades of minimum wage research conducted by economists at the University of California-Irvine and the Federal Reserve Board found that 85 percent of the most credible studies point to job loss for less-skilled employees.
- Research into the 28 states that raised their minimum wage between 2003 and 2007 by economists at Cornell and American universities found no associated reduction in poverty. Recently, a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper that studied the 40 percent minimum wage increase that occurred between 2007 and 2009 found that the hike actually reduced income for targeted workers compared to those in less-affected states.