Minimum Wage Round-Up

Do you have employees who are paid the minimum wage?  Do you have tipped employees?  Do you employ workers in more than one state?  Do you make wage deductions, pay on a per job basis, or pay a salary to nonexempt employees, and have to ensure that your employees’ wages do not fall below the minimum wage for hours worked?  No matter where you are located, what your industry is, or how many workers you employ, you need up-to-the-minute wage and hour information to comply with federal, state, and local laws and avoid costly lawsuits and intrusive, time-consuming investigations by wage compliance agencies.   


Currently, 17 states will have minimum wage increases effective January 1, 2019.  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington have all passed legislation that will increase the state minimum wage as of the first of the year.  Several states have implemented a progressive wage increase, raising the minimum wage at set increments over the next two to five years.  Some states have adjusted the minimum wage for tipped employees, some states have increased the minimum wage for non-tipped employees but kept the tipped employee minimum wage the same, and some states do not allow for a difference in minimum wage between tipped and non-tipped employees.  Certain minimum wage laws differentiate between large and small employers based on revenue.  Over 40 cities and counties have passed ordinances raising the minimum wage above the state and federal minimum wage, and some of these localities’ minimum wages will change in 2019 as well.


Are you ready to comply with the minimum wage laws affecting your employees?  Expert employment attorneys at myHRcounsel can provide you with the latest minimum wage rates applicable to your employees in your cities, counties, and states of operation.  Don’t risk noncompliance with wage and hour laws-review your minimum wage policies with myHRcounsel today!