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    Wanted to know about cost of living raise. I have been with a company for 8yrs now and recently found out that the supervisors there have been getting a cost of living raise each year and when ever myself and other coworkers have asked about a raise we get no answer nor any one that we can talk to about one. Wanted to know if this was in the labor laws or not?

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    Assuming that you work for a private employer, the law does not mandate a cost of living raise; the law does not prohibit a cost of living raise.

    The law also does not have a problem with certain classes of employees getting cost of living raises and other classes not, as long as the classes in question are not protected classes. Since being a supervisor or not being a supervisor is not protected, no labor or employment laws are being violated if supervisors get cost of living raises and other employees do not.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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      As long as you are being paid at least minimum wage & overtime when applicable, that is all that is required (minus a binding employment contract requiring raises).
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