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First, the City of Atlanta plans to raise the minimum wage for city workers to $15 an hour. Following a national trend, Atlanta is the first such place in Georgia to make the move. But will a minimum wage increase hurt or help the working class? We talk about the pros and cons with Kristy Offitt, Employment Litigator for Ogletree Deakins in Atlanta. And Tom Smith, Assistant Professor of Finance at Emory University.

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The City of Atlanta announced last month it would raise the minimum wage for city workers to $13 an hour. Following a national trend, Atlanta is the first such place in Georgia to make the move. And like other cities, $13 is just a starting point, gradually going up to $15 by the 2020 Fiscal Year. But will a minimum wage increase hurt or help the working class?

The Obama administration is challenging a federal judge's decision last month to block the implementation of a new rule that would have made 4 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

The Department of Labor and its co-defendants filed a notice of appeal at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday, the same day that the rule was set to take effect before the temporary injunction was issued.

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While votes are still being counted, some high-profile ballot initiatives already have returned clear results — including a slew of states opting in favor of medical or recreational marijuana, and several more raising the minimum wage.

You can see our full list of key ballot measures here, or check out a sample of the highlights:

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It's been nearly 200 years since French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville traveled 7,000 miles across a young United States. His book, "Democracy in America," described how all Americans had the potential to reach economic success, no matter what their origins. But the "American Dream" feels out of reach for many people in 2016.

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As minimum wage rates continue to stagnate nationally, one Cobb County natural gas provider is taking matters into its own hands. On Monday, Gas South announced that it will increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting September 1. The pay increase will affect nearly 50 of Gas South’s 200-person staff, mostly impacting those working in the company’s customer care department.

Georgia’s minimum wage rate is one of the lowest in the nation, and has stood at $5.25 an hour for nearly 20 years. The federal minimum wage, coming in at $7.25, is only marginally higher. 

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President Obama is spearheading new legislation that could provide millions of Americans with access to overtime pay. The change could have major consequences for jobs in the future, but what is the history of overtime pay and the minimum wage? In our explainer series, we “break-it-down” and learn about the history of the 40-hour work week.