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Minimum Wage Increases for 2015 and 2016

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour but many states require employers compensate employees at a higher rate. A few states are changing the rules soon. Employees  must be paid the rates and not the lower, Federal rate.

(Please check with you state to confirm these increases and for any additional information like changes to server minimum wages. Additionally, some cities have higher minimum wages than their states and that higher wage trumps the sate wage.)

State Minimum Wage Changes – December 31, 2015

New York: $9.00 per hour ($9.75 for fast food workers).

West Virginia: $8.75 per hour.

State Minimum Wage Changes – January 1, 2016

Alaska: $9.75 per hour.

Arkansas: $8.00 per hour.

California: $10.00 per hour.

Colorado: $8.31 per hour.

Connecticut: $9.60 per hour.

Hawaii: $8.50 per hour.

Massachusetts: $10.00 per hour.

Michigan: $8.50 per hour.

Nebraska: $9.00 per hour.

Rhode Island: $9.60 per hour.

South Dakota: $8.55 per hour.

Vermont: $9.60 per hour.

State Minimum Wage Changes – July 1, 2016

Maryland: $8.75 per hour.

Washington D.C: $11.50 per hour.

State Minimum Wage Changes – August 1, 2016

Minnesota: $9.50 per hour for large employers, $7.75 per hour for small employers.

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