Minimum Wage Increases in 13 States
Employers in 13 states begin 2014 with higher minimum wage requirements. Now, 21 states have minimum wage rates exceeding the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. Here in New England, as of January 1, 2014, Connecticut’s minimum wage rate is $8.70 (and will go to $9.00 on January 1, 2015), Rhode Island’s rate is $8.00, and Vermont’s rate is $8.73. Minimum wage rates in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire remain at $7.50, $8.00, and $7.25, respectively. Also, note New York’s minimum wage rate will go from $8.00 to $8.75 on December 31, 2014 and to $9.00 on December 31, 2015.
Minimum wage increases are also being discussed in several other states, including Massachusetts. Proposed legislation in Massachusetts would increase the minimum wage rate from $8.00 to $11.00 over three years. The minimum wage is also a hot topic on Capitol Hill where Democrats are seeking a significant increase in the federal minimum wage rate, which has been at its current rate of $7.25 per hour since 2009.
For more information on this topic, please contact MBBP’s Employment Law Group.