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NEW LAW: New Jersey To Incrementally Increase Minimum Wage to $15.00 Per Hour

On February 4, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed A15 into law –making New Jersey the latest state to jump on the $15 per hour minimum wage bandwagon.

Under this new law, New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase as follows:

  • July 1, 2019 — increases to $10.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2020 — increases to $11.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2021 — increases to $12.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2022 — increases to $13.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2023 — increases to $14.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2024 — increases to $15.00 per hour

The minimum wage rate for tipped employees  will also increase as follows:

  • July 1, 2019 — increases to $2.63 per hour
  • January 1, 2020 — increases to $3.13 per hour
  • January 1, 2021 — increases to $4.13 per hour
  • January 1, 2022 — increases to $5.13 per hour
  • January 1, 2023 — increases to $5.13 per hour
  • January 1, 2024 — increases to $5.13 per hour

It is recommended that all New Jersey employers prepare for these increases.

REMINDER: Massachusetts Employers Have New Requirements For Tipped Employees

As we reported earlier (in NEW LAW: Massachusetts to Increase Minimum Wage with Grand Bargain), the Massachusetts’ “Grand Bargain” legislation increased the state minimum wage and the “service  rate” (tip credit) that tipped employees could receive.  Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in Massachusetts increased to $12 per hour and the “service rate” increased to $4.35 per hour.

Under Massachusetts law, employees who make at least $20 per month in tips can be paid a “service rate” provided that (1) they are notified in writing that they will be paid the service rate and (2) the employee’s total wages (the service rate plus all tips earned in the shift) equal or exceed minimum wage. Continue reading REMINDER: Massachusetts Employers Have New Requirements For Tipped Employees

NEW LAW: Michigan Amends Improved Workforce Opportunity Act

Earlier this year, we reported that Michigan had passed a new paid sick leave law (NEW LAW: Michigan To Incrementally Increase Minimum Wage to $12.00 Per Hour).  In this article, we cautioned employers that since the law that was initially passed was scheduled to be a ballot initiative (the  Michigan Minimum wage Initiative) in the November 2018 election, the Michigan legislature would likely amend the law (and in amending the law, would make substantial changes to the minimum wage increase).

Well, the Michigan legislature did not disappoint.  On December 14, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 1171 (the Improved Workforce Opportunity Act) into law.  This new law while it still increases Michigan’s minimum wage to over $12.00 per hour, it changes the planned increase in two important ways: Continue reading NEW LAW: Michigan Amends Improved Workforce Opportunity Act

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: 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.

NEW LAW: Federal Contractor Minimum Wage to Increase in 2019

In a 2014 Executive Order (“Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors” Executive Order 13658), President Obama required the US Department of Labor to annually increase the minimum wage rate for federal contractors.

In compliance with that Order, the U.S. Labor Department has published the 2019 minimum wage rates for federal contractors.   Under the new regulations, the minimum wage rate for federal contractors will increase as follows:

  • January 1, 2019 — $10.60 per hour for hourly federal contractors
  • January 1, 2019 — $7.40 per hour for tipped workers performing on or in connection with a federal contract

These new minimum wage rates go into effect on January 1, 2019.   At that time, affected employers will also be required to post the updated E.O. 13658 Worker Rights poster.

It is recommended that companies who contract with the federal government review the hourly wage rate paid to their employees who perform work under those contracts and prepare to make any necessary adjustments.

NEW LAW: Michigan To Incrementally Increase Minimum Wage to $12.00 Per Hour

The Michigan Legislature recently adopted the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act. This law, which was scheduled to be a ballot initiative (the Michigan Minimum wage Initiative) in the November 2018 election, will incrementally increase Michigan’s minimum wage up to $12.00 per hour in accordance with the following schedule:

  • When the law takes effect (~April 1, 2019*): $10.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2020: $10.65 per hour
  • January 1, 2021: $11.35 per hour
  • January 1, 2022: $12.00 per hour

Beginning in October 2022, the state treasurer will calculate an adjusted minimum wage rate, which will increase based on the rate of inflation and take effect on January 1st of the next year.

The new law also phases out the tip credit provided to employers of tipped employees by January 1, 2024 in accordance with the following schedule:

  • When the law takes effect (~April 1, 2019*): 48% of minimum wage ($4.80 per hour)
  • January 1, 2020: 60% of minimum wage ($6.39 per hour)
  • January 1, 2021: 70% of minimum wage ($7.95 per hour)
  • January 1, 2022: 80% of minimum wage ($9.60 per hour)
  • January 1, 2023: 90% of minimum wage ($10.80 per hour)**
  • January 1, 2024: Tip credit is eliminated

Continue reading NEW LAW: Michigan To Incrementally Increase Minimum Wage to $12.00 Per Hour