Server at outdoor cafe The 18 new laws are on top of 37 increases by other jurisdictions that went into effect across the country since the beginning of the year, and more will come. (Photo: Shutterstock)

This month, 18 more minimum wage increases mandated by cities and states across the country took effect, which the Employment Policies Institute claims “will pose a threat to job opportunities and businesses across the nation.”

The non-profit research organization was formed by industry lobbyist Rick Berman and sponsors academic studies on the impact of such laws and other employment policies. EPI recently released a study by economists from Miami and Trinity Universities which found that when California’s statewide $15 minimum wage is fully phased-in in 2022, roughly 400,000 jobs will be lost.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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