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2019 Minimum Wage Check-Up

With various cities and counties having enacted local minimum wages and 19 states (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York*, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington) increasing their own minimum wages on January 1st (December 31st for New York), employers should take time to verify that they are meeting the minimum wage requirements of their state/city/county and prepare for any increases.

The below chart sets forth the minimum wage effective January 1, 2019.

Federal Minimum Wage $7.25

 

State City/County Amount?
Alabama $7.25
Alaska* $9.89
Arizona * all cities/counties except … $11.00
          Flagstaff* $12.00
Arkansas* $9.25
California* — all cities/counties except …                                 small employer (25 or less) $11.00

large employer (26 or more)

$12.00
          Belmont* $13.50
          Berkeley $15.00
          Cupertino* $15.00
          El Cerrito* $15.00
          Emeryville                                                                                                  small employer (55 or less) $15.00

large employer (56 or more)

$15.69
          Los Altos* $15.00
          Los Angeles                                                                                               small employer (25 or less) $12.00

large employer (26 or more)

$13.25
          Malibu                                                                                                         small employer (25 or less) $12.00

large employer (26 or more)

$13.25
          Milpitas $13.50
          Mountain View* $15.65
          Oakland* $13.80
          Palo Alto* $15.00
          Pasadena                                                                                                  small employer (25 or less) $12.00

large employer (26 or more)

$13.25
          Redwood City* $13.50
          Richmond*                                                employer PAYS $1.50/hr towards medical benefits $13.50

employer DOESN’T pay $1.50/hr towards medical benefits

$15.00
          San Diego* $12.00
          San Francisco $15.00
          San Jose* $15.00
          San Leandro $13.00
          San Mateo*                                                                                                 For-profit organizations $15.00

Non-profit organizations

$13.50
          Sacramento                                                                                          small employer (25 or less) $11.00

large employer (26 or more)

$12.00
          Santa Clara* $15.00
          Santa Monica                                                                                          small employer (25 or less) $12.00

large employer (26 or more)

$13.25

All hotels

$16.10
          Sunnyvale* $15.65
          Los Angeles County                                                                             small employer (25 or less)

          unincorporated areas                                                                        large employer (26 or more)

$12.00
$13.25
Colorado* $11.10
Connecticut $10.10
Delaware $8.75
Florida* $8.46
Georgia $7.25
Hawaii $10.10
Idaho $7.25
Illinois — all cities/counties except … $8.25
          Chicago $12.00
          Cook County

          (except for municipalities who have opted out)

$11.00
Indiana $7.25
Iowa $7.25
Kansas $7.25
Kentucky $7.25
Louisiana $7.25
Maine*  $11.00
Maryland — all cities/counties except … $10.10
          Montgomery County*                                                                           small employer (9 or less)

                                                                                   medium employer (10-50)

                                                                               large employer (51 or more)

$12.00

$12.00

$12.25

          Prince George’s County $11.50
Massachusetts* $12.00
Michigan $9.25
Minnesota*all cities except                      “small employers” (annual sales volume of less                                                                                                                                                        than $500,000)

“large employers” (annual sales volume of $500,000+)

$8.04
$9.86
          Minneapolis $11.25
Mississippi $7.25
Missouri* $8.60
Montana* $8.50
Nebraska $9.00
Nevada $8.25
New Hampshire $7.25
New Jersey* $8.85
New Mexico — all cities/counties except … $7.50
          Albuquerque*                                                                                         employer provides benefits $8.20

employer does NOT provide benefits

$9.20
          Las Cruces* $10.10
          Santa Fe $11.40
          Bernalillo County*                                                                              employer provides benefits $8.05
          unincorporated areas                                                      employer does NOT provide benefits $9.05
          Santa Fe County (unincorporated areas) $11.40
New York**  “Upstate” employers (excluding fast food employees) $11.10
“Downstate” employers (excluding fast food employees) $12.00
“Small” NYC employers (excluding fast food employees $13.50
“Large” NYC employers (excluding fast food employees) $15.00
Fast food employees outside NYC $12.75
Fast food employees inside NYC $15.00
North Carolina $7.25
North Dakota $7.25
Ohio* $8.55
Oklahoma $7.25
Oregon — all cities/counties except … $10.75
          Portland $12.00
          Nonurban Counties

          (Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klmath, Lake,           Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa Wheeler counties)

$10.50
Pennsylvania $7.25
Rhode Island* $10.50
South Carolina $7.25
South Dakota* $9.10
Tennessee $7.25
Texas $7.25
Utah $7.25
Vermont* $10.78
Virginia $7.25
Washington* all cities/counties except … $12.00
          City of SeaTac*                                                            hospitality and transportation workers $16.09
          Seattle* $15.00

small employer who does not pay towards medical benefits (500 or less)

small employer who does pay towards medical benefits (500 or less)

$12.00

large employer (501 or more)

$16.00
          Tacoma* $12.35
Washington DC $13.25
West Virginia $8.75
Wisconsin $7.25
Wyoming $7.25
* = increase in minimum wage effective January 1, 2019

** = increase in minimum wage effective December 31, 2018

 Caveat: Please be advised that this information  is being provided as a courtesy and that ePlace Solutions, Inc. does not track local laws and ordinances and will not update this information with changes in local laws and ordinances.

 

 

NEW LAW: Missouri Voters Approve Increase of Minimum Wage

Attention Missouri employers:  On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters approved Proposition B: The $12 Minimum Wage Initiative.

As a result of this victory, Missouri’s minimum wage will gradually increase by 85 cents per year until it reaches $12.00 per hour in 2023.  Since Missouri law allows employers to claim a tip credit of 50% of the minimum wage, the minimum wage for tipped employees will also change.

The exact scheduled increases are as follows:

  • January 1, 2019 — increases to $8.60 per hour ($4.30 per hour for tipped employees)
  • January 1, 2020 — increases to $9.45 per hour ($4.725 per hour for tipped employees)
  • January 1, 2021 — increases to $10.30 per hour  ($5.15 per hour for tipped employees)
  • January 1, 2022 — increases to $11.15 per hour  ($5.575 per hour for tipped employees)
  • January 1, 2023 — increases to $12.00 per hour. ($6.00 per hour for tipped employees)
  • January 1, 2024 and beyond — the minimum wage will increase each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

All Missouri employers should prepare for this increase.

NEW LAW: Arkansas Voters Approve Increase of Minimum Wage

Attention Arkansas employers:  On November 6, 2018, Arkansas voters approved Arkansas Issue 5, Minimum Wage Increase Initiative.

As a result of this victory, Araknsas’ minimum wage will gradually increase until it reaches $11.00 per hour in 2021.  The tipped employee minimum wage ($2.63 per hour) will not change.

The exact scheduled increases are as follows:

  • January 1, 2019 — increases to $9.25 per hour
  • January 1, 2020 — increases to $10.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2021 — increases to $11.00 per hour.

All Arkansas employers should prepare for this increase.

NEW LAW — Minimum Wage Increases for Certain New Mexico Localities

Attention employers in Albuquerque and Unincorporated Bernalillo County, New Mexico:… minimum wage in these localities is increasing on January 1, 2019.

For employers in Albuquerque, minimum wage is increasing on January 1, 2019 as follows:

  • For employers that provide a certain amount of healthcare and/or childcare benefits, minimum wage is  increasing from $7.95 to $8.20 per hour (and is increasing from  $5.35 to $5.50 per hour for tipped employees) and
  • For employees not provided qualifying benefits, minimum wage is  increasing from $8.95 to $9.20 per hour (and is increasing from  $5.35 to $5.50 per hour for tipped employees).

Continue reading NEW LAW — Minimum Wage Increases for Certain New Mexico Localities

NEW LAW — Minimum Wage Increases for Certain California Cities

Attention employers in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, California … minimum wage in these cities is increasing on January 1, 2019.

For employers in both Mountain View and Sunnyvale,  minimum wage is increasing from $15.00 to $15.65 per hour on January 1, 2019.

Employers in these cities should prepare for the increase and download the update minimum wage poster available here:

NEW LAW: Alaska’s Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2019

Alaska employers, mark your calendars.  On January 1, 2019, Alaska’s minimum wage will increase from $9.84 per hour to $9.89 per hour.

Under the Alaska minimum wage law, the Alaska minimum wage must be adjusted on an annual to account for inflation.  This adjustment is made using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the proceeding January-December calendar year.

NEW LAW: Vermont’s Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2019

Vermont employers, mark your calendars: The Vermont Department of Labor recently announced that on January 1, 2019, Vermont’s minimum wage will increase from $10.50 to $10.78 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees of large employers will also increase from $5.25 to $5.39 per hour.

Under Vermont law, Vermont’s minimum wage rate increases annually every January 1 by either 5% or the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index, CPI-U, U.S.: city average,
not seasonally adjusted, whichever is smaller.

It is recommended that all Vermont employers prepare for these increases and download the revised minimum wage poster for 2019.

NEW LAW: New Jersey’s Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2019

New Jersey employers, mark your calendars: The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently announced that on January 1, 2019, New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase from $8.60 to $8.85 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees will remain at 2.13 per hour.

It is recommended that all New Jersey employers prepare for these increases and download the new New Jersey minimum wage poster.

NEW LAW – Minnesota’s Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2019

Minnesota employers, mark your calendars.  The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry recently announced that on January 1, 2018, Minnesota’s minimum wage will increase as follows:

  • Large Employers – minimum wage will increase from $9.65 to $9.86 per hour
  • Small Employers – minimum wage will increase from $7.87 to $8.04 per hour.

For purposes of Minnesota’s minimum wage, the following definitions apply

  • A large employer is an employer with an annual gross sales volume of $500,000 or greater,
  • A small employer is one with an annual gross sales volume of less than $500,000.

The training wage that may be paid to employees 20 years old or younger for their first 90 consecutive days of employment, the youth minimum wage for employees younger than 18 years old, and the “J visa” rates will also increase from $7.87 to $8.04 per hour.

It is recommended that all Minnesota employers prepare for these increases.

NEW LAW: Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2019

Florida employers, mark your calendars: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently announced that on January 1, 2019, Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $8.46 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees of large employers will also increase from $5.23 to $5.44 per hour.

It is recommended that all Florida employers prepare for these increases and download the revised minimum wage poster for 2019.  This poster is also available in Spanish and Kreyòl.