I wonder how many posters here are aware that 15 dollars an hour actually costs the employer more than that amount:
FACTS: The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) is the federal law that requires you to withhold three separate taxes from the wages you pay your employees. FICA is comprised of: a 6.2 percent Social Security tax; a 1.45 percent Medicare tax (the "regular" Medicare tax).
When you start hiring employees, you will have expenses over and above the salary that you pay them. Social security and medicare make up the taxes known as Federal Insurance Contributions Act (or FICA). FICA taxes, along with unemployment insurance taxes (known as FUTA and SUTA), add up to around 10% of their wages or higher. Additionally, most states will require that you buy workers compensation insurance.
The costs for basic salary, employment taxes and benefits, he says, are typically in the 1.25 to 1.4 times base salary range. This means that a $50,000 employee salary might really cost the company $62,500 to $70,000