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

Montana employers, mark your calendars!

The Montana Department of Labor recently announced that on January 1, 2019, Montana’s minimum wage will increase from $8.30 to $8.50 per hour for employers with gross annual sales over $110,000.00. The minimum wage rate for employers with gross annual sales of $110,000.00 or less will remain at $4.00 per hour.

It is recommended that all affected Montana employers prepare for these increases and be on the lookout for the new Montana minimum wage poster (which has not yet been created).

2018 MINIMUM WAGE CHECK-UP

With various cities and counties having enacted local minimum wages and 18 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York*, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington) are 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.

The below chart sets forth the minimum wage effective January 1, 2018.

employer PAYS $1.50/hr towards medical benefits$11.91

Federal $7.25
State City/County  Amount?
Alabama  $7.25
Alaska*  $9.84
Arizona* — all cities/counties except …  $10.50
Flagstaff* $11.00
Arkansas  $8.50
California* — all cities/counties except …                                  small employer (25 or less) $10.50
large employer (26 or more) $11.00
Berkeley  $13.75
Cupertino* $13.50
El Cerrito*  $13.60
Emeryville                                           small employer (55 or less) $14.00
large employer (56 or more) $15.20
Los Altos* $13.50
Los Angeles                                         small employer (25 or less) $10.50
large employer (26 or more) $12.00
Malibu                                                  small employer (25 or less) $10.50
large employer (26 or more) $12.00
Milpitas* $12.00
Mountain View* $15.00
Oakland $12.86
Palo Alto* $13.50
Pasadena                                             small employer (25 or less) $10.50
large employer (26 or more) $12.00
Richmond*                                             employer does NOT pay $1.50/hr towards medical benefits $13.41
employer PAYS $1.50/hr towards medical benefits $11.91
Sacramento*                                      small employer (100 or less) $10.50
large employer (101 or more) $11.00
San Diego $11.50
San Francisco $14.00
San Jose* $13.50
San Leandro $13.00
San Mateo*                                                 For-profit organizations $13.50
Non-profit organizations $12.00
Santa Clara* $13.00
Santa Monica                                       small employer (25 or less) $10.50
large employer (26 or more) $12.00
Sunnyvale* $15.00
Los Angeles County                            small employer (25 or less)

unincorporated areas                            large employer (26 or more)

$10.50

$12.00

Colorado* $10.20
Connecticut $10.10
Delaware $8.25
Florida* $8.25
Georgia $7.25
Hawaii* $10.10
Idaho $7.25
Illinois — all cities/counties except … $8.25
Chicago $11.00
Cook County

(except for the Village of Barrington)

$10.00
Indiana $7.25
Iowa $7.25
Kansas $7.25
Kentucky $7.25
Louisiana $7.25
Maine* — all cities/counties except … $10.00
Portland $10.68
Maryland — all cities/counties except … $9.25
Montgomery County $11.50
Prince George’s County $11.50
Massachusetts $11.00
Michigan* $9.25
Minnesota* — all cities/counties except … “small employers” (employers with an annual sales volume of less than $500,000) $7.87
“large employers” (employers with an annual sales volume of $500,000+) $9.65
Minneapolis                                         large employer (101 or more) $10.00
Mississippi $7.25
Missouri $7.85
Montana* $8.30
Nebraska $9.00
Nevada $8.25
New Hampshire $7.25
New Jersey* $8.60
New Mexico — all cities/counties except … $7.50
Albuquerque*                                             employer provides benefits $7.95
employer does NOT provide benefits $8.95
Las Cruces* $9.45
Santa Fe $11.09
Bernalillo County*unincorporated areas                                             employer provides benefits $7.85
employer does NOT provide benefits $8.85
Santa Fe County unincorporated areas $11.09
New York**  “Upstate” employers (excluding fast food employees) $10.40
“Downstate” employers (excluding fast food employees) $11.00
“Small” NYC employers (excluding fast food employees $12.00
Fast food employees outside NYC $11.75
“Large” NYC employers (excluding fast food employees) $13.00
Fast food employees inside NYC $13.50
North Carolina $7.25
North Dakota $7.25
Ohio* $8.30
Oklahoma $7.25
Oregon — all cities/counties except … $10.25
Portland $11.25
Nonurban Counties 

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

$10.00
Pennsylvania $7.25
Rhode Island* $10.10
South Carolina $7.25
South Dakota* $8.85
Tennessee $7.25
Texas $7.25
Utah $7.25
Vermont* $10.50
Virginia $7.25
Washington* — all cities/counties except … $11.50
City of SeaTac* (hospitality and transportation workers) $15.64
Seattle* $14.00
small employer who does not pay towards medical benefits

(500 or less)

small employer who does pay towards medical benefits

(500 or less)

$11.50
large employer who does not pay towards medical benefits

(501 or more)

$15.00
large employer who does pay towards medical benefits

(501 or more)

$15.45
Tacoma* $12.00
Washington DC $12.50
West Virginia $8.75
Wisconsin $7.25
Wyoming $7.25
 * = increase in minimum wage effective January 1, 2018

** = increase in minimum wage effective December 31, 2017

 

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: Montana’s Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2018

Montana employers, mark your calendars: The Montana Department of Labor recently announced that on January 1, 2018, Montana’s minimum wage will increase from $8.15 to $8.30 per hour for employers with gross annual sales over $110,000.00. The minimum wage rate for employers with gross annual sales of $110,000.00 or less will remain at $4.00 per hour.

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

Minimum Wage Increases Announced for 5 States

In addition to those states mentioned in our previous article (“Minimum Wage Increases for 2017”), five more states have announced that minimum wage will be increasing in their states effective January 1, 2017.

The States

  • Florida — Minimum wage is increasing to $8.10 per hour and to $5.08 for tipped employees
  • Montana — Minimum wage is increasing to $8.15 per hour
    • Updated Minimum Wage Poster available here
  • Ohio — Minimum wage is increasing to $8.15 per hour for employers with more than $299,000 in gross annual revenue and to $4.08 for tipped employees
    •  Minimum wage for employers with less than $299,000 in gross annual revenue remains at $7.25
    • Updated Minimum Wage Poster available here
  • South Dakota — Minimum wage is increasing to $8.65 per hour and to $4.325 for tipped employees
    • Updated minimum wage poster is not yet available
  • Washington — Minimum wage is increasing to $9.53 per hour

DOL Partnership regarding worker misclassification — 34 States and Counting

Thirty-five states have agreed to “team up” with the US Department of Labor to investigate worker misclassification. Is your state one of them?

In 2015, Department of Labor launched an initiative to combat the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. As a part of this initiative, the Department of Labor sought to partner with the state agencies and agree to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent contractor misclassification. To date, 35 states have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding worker misclassification issues.

These states are:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

What does this mean for employers in these states?

Employers in the above-listed states should expect collaborative efforts between their state agencies and the Department of Labor during a investigation into potential employee misclassification as the state and the Department of Labor will share information. This could lead to simultaneous, multi-agency investigations into worker classification. It is recommended that companies have qualified legal counsel review any existing independent contractor arrangements. In addition, before entering into an independent contractor relationship, speak with an HR Professional or qualified legal counsel to verify that the worker truly is an independent contractor.

No Change to Montana Minimum Wage For 2016

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry recently announced that Montana’s minimum wage (currently $8.10 per hour) will NOT increase for 2016.

Under Montana law, state minimum wage is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the federal Consumer Price Index. Since the CPI increase in the past year (August 2014 to August 2015) of 0.20% did not impact Montana’s current minimum wage of $8.05, Montana’s minimum wage will not increase in 2016.

 

New Laws Taking Effect In October

Many states have passed laws that take effect in October of 2015. Check the list below to see what laws effect your state …

State New Law Effective Date
Connecticut Public Act 15-6 regarding social media privacy.   This law prohibits an employer from requiring access to an employee’s personal social media accounts. October 1, 2015
Public Act 15-56 protects interns from harassment and discrimination in the workplace October 1, 2015
Maine An Act To Promote Privacy in Social Media.   This law prohibits an employer from requiring access to an employee’s personal social media accounts. October 15, 2015
Maryland Senate Bill 604 protects interns from harassment and discrimination in the workplace October 1, 2015
Montana Veteran Hiring Preference Act for Private Employers. This law allows employers to adopt a policy that gives preference in hiring to veterans and their spouses. October 1, 2015