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December 23, 2013

CLIENT ALERT: Minimum Wage Rate Increasing in 14 States in 2014 - By Daniel Field

The federal minimum wage for non-exempt workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 remains at $7.25 per hour, for the moment.  Nevertheless, employers are obligated to comply with state law where state law requires payment of a higher minimum wage than federal law.

Several states will be increasing the hourly minimum wage for 2014. The state minimum wage in Massachusetts remains at $8.00 per hour.  The changes below are effective January 1, 2014, unless noted otherwise:

  • Arizona - up $0.10 to $7.90  (up $0.10 to $4.90 for tipped employees)                  
  • California - up $1.00 to $9.00  (effective July 1, 2014)                     
  • Colorado - up $0.22 to $8.00  (up $0.22 to $4.98 for tipped employees)
  • Connecticut - up $0.45 to $8.70
  • Florida - up $0.14 to $7.93  (up $0.14 to $4.91 for tipped employees)
  • Missouri - up $0.15 to $7.50                         
  • Montana - up $0.10 to $7.90                        
  • New Jersey - up $1.00 to $8.25       
  • New York - up $0.75 to $8.00  (effective December 31, 2013)
  • Ohio - up $0.10 to $7.95  (up $0.05 to $3.98 for tipped employees)
  • Oregon - up $0.15 to $9.10                                
  • Rhode Island - up $0.25 to $8.00      
  • Vermont - up $0.13 to $8.73  (up $0.06 to $4.23 for tipped employees)
  • Washington - up $0.13 to $9.32

Federal legislation has recently gained the support of President Obama, who announced his support for the Harkin-Miller bill – also known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 – in early November, 2013.  The legislation would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in three steps and index the minimum wage to inflation each year thereafter.  In addition, the legislation would increase the required cash wage for tipped workers in annual $0.85 increments, from today’s $2.13 per hour until the tip credit reaches 70% of the regular minimum wage.

 

Daniel S. Field is an attorney with Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP and may be reached at (617) 523-6666 or at dfield@morganbrown.com   Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP focuses exclusively on representing employers in employment and labor matters. This alert was prepared with the assistance of Alexander Castro.

This alert was published on December 23, 2013.

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