The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 for a decade, but many states have a higher rate and some wage hikes will take effect this year.
We’ve rounded up the latest news on what employers need to know for 2019. Here are SHRM Online resources and news articles from other trusted media outlets.
Nineteen states increased their minimum wage this week: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Washington. Check the state’s labor department website for the new minimum wage details.
New rates will take effect in July for employees in Oregon and Washington, D.C. Additionally, Michigan lawmakers recently approved a 20-cent increase for 2019, which is expected to take effect around April 1.
Local Wage Rates Might Be Higher
Employers should also check local wage rates, as they might be higher than the state minimum wage. In California, for instance, several cities have set their own rate, including Berkeley, Emeryville, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Santa Monica. Therefore, employers should check each relevant jurisdiction to determine whether they need to pay a higher minimum wage than the state level.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Many States and Cities Raise Their Minimum Wage in 2019