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Democratic Lawmakers File Bills to Help Bluegrass Workers

Kentucky Democratic lawmakers are working to strengthen the rights of workers. In total, 15 pre-filed bills will benefit workers if passed.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 10:01 AM

Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky are working to strengthen the rights of workers in the Bluegrass State.

In total, 15 pre-filed bills will benefit workers if passed. One of the proposals addresses the state's minimum wage that currently sits at $7.25 an hour. The bill would increase minimum wage to $15 an hour but it wouldn't happen right away. Raising the dollar amount would happen incrementally over time. The increase would be the first for Kentucky since 2009.

Kentucky House Bill 176 would require companies with 50 or more employees to offer paid parental leave. The bill would provide 12 weeks of paid leave for any parent who has been employed for at least one year.

Democratic lawmakers also want to prohibit Kentucky employers from asking previous salaries to keep wages down. Louisville already has a ordinance where City offices cannot ask for an applicant's previous salary.

Lawmakers further want to repeal the 2017 Right-to-Work law requiring unions to cover collective bargaining and other labor-related costs for non-dues paying members. Another bill would also help restore career centers across the state.

All of the bills have either been pre-filed for the 2021 legislative session or will be by September 11th.

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