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Labor Panel Passes Bill That Would Charge Big Employers With Low-Wage Workers

Labor Panel Passes Bill That Would Charge Big Employers With Low-Wage Workers

HARTFORD — The legislature's labor committee voted 6-4 Tuesday to advance a bill that would levy fees on large for-profit employers with low-wage workers. The measure, which would raise hundreds of millions of dollars a year for state coffers, would charge employers a fee of $1 an hour for each worker paid an hourly wage of $15 or less. The bill would affect all non-union, for-profit companies with 500 workers or more. A similar bill, which has already passed the committee, covers companies with 250 workers or more. Individual franchises would be included, because the franchisers' total employment would meet the 500-worker threshold. Employers with unionized workers...

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