A minimum wage hike affects all compensation
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Regarding the issue of raising the minimum wage: I am sure that every human resource person and virtually every manager knows there is a direct relationship between the minimum wage and the compensation paid every employee in an organization. We never seem to hear this -- only the emotional argument of the poor struggling minimum wage worker who is usually only paid the minimum wage for a relatively short period.
A supervisor receives no overtime pay and has more job stress than his or her subordinates and therefore is entitled and receives greater compensation. It is not the minimum wage receiver who puts in the late nights or carries work home. This does not minimize the work of the minimum wage worker, but does emphasize that as you go up the chain duties become more complex and greater pay is necessary for the extra responsibilities.
If there is, indeed, an increase in the minimum wage, it will have to be reflected in similar increases to virtually all other employees. And just how does this help our nation get out of the economic problems it currently faces?
Upper St. Clair
The writer is a retired director of compensation for a Fortune 500 company.
First Published February 21, 2013 12:00 am