Maryland Legislature passes bill to raise minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2018

by David M. Stevens

On the final day of its legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to dramatically raise the state’s minimum wage. The bill, which was supported by Governor Martin O’Malley and is expected to be signed into law, calls for a staggered increase in the minimum wage over a period of four years, with the final increase due to set the minimum wage at $10.10 effective July 1, 2018.

Employers will first feel the effect of the minimum wage increase on January 1, 2015, and the minimum wage will increase a total of five times under the following schedule:

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Connecticut’s minimum wage will jump to $10.10 per hour in 2017

by Jonathan C. Sterling

On March 27, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law that will increase Connecticut’s minimum wage in each of the next three years. The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 per hour in 2017.

You may remember that just last year, a law was passed to increase the minimum wage to $8.70 beginning January 1, 2014. The 2013 law also increased the minimum wage to $9 per hour beginning January 1, 2015.

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President Obama signs executive order raising federal contractor minimum wage to $10.10

January 28, 2014 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order raising the minimum wage federal contractors must pay to $10.10 an hour.

The White House released a fact sheet ahead of the January 28 State of the Union speech saying Obama would use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for those working on new federal contracts. The current federal minimum wage, in force since 2009, is $7.25 an hour.

The increase will cover employees such as janitors and construction workers as well as dishwashers and laundry workers on military bases. It will apply to contracts made after the effective date of the order, January 1, 2015.

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Washington, D.C., closer to $11.50-per-hour minimum wage

December 18, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The Washington, D.C., City Council on December 17 unanimously approved raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016. The minimum wage then would be indexed for inflation.

The current minimum wage for hourly workers in Washington, D.C., is $8.25 an hour, a dollar higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

The new D.C. measure phases in the increase, beginning with $9.50 in July 2014 and then moving to $10.15 in July 2015 and to $11.50 in July 2016, according to news reports.

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Highest minimum wage in nation likely for Washington, D.C.

December 04, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The final vote hasn’t come yet, but on December 3, the D.C. Council unanimously voted to raise the minimum wage in Washington, D.C., to $11.50 per hour by 2016, well above the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

Before the measure is finalized, the council must hold a final vote and send it to Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who has said he prefers a $10-an-hour minimum wage. Even if Gray vetoes the measure, the support it has in the council is likely to ensure an override. The final council vote is expected later this month.

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New Jersey vote puts minimum wage hikes in state constitution

November 07, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

by Tammy Binford

The ballot question making changes to New Jersey’s minimum wage was presented to voters in the November 5 election and passed easily, but many business leaders are uneasy about the change.

By a 60-40 percent vote, voters passed Public Question 2, which will raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour on January 1, 2014. In addition to the $1 increase, the ballot question will amend the New Jersey constitution to ensure that the state minimum wage will automatically rise with inflation.

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Governor signs bill raising California minimum wage

by Cathleen Yonahara

On September 25, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 10, which will raise the state minimum wage in stages to $10 per hour. Employers will be required to raise wages to $9 per hour by July 1, 2014, and to $10 per hour by January 1, 2016. The current minimum wage is $8 per hour.

This is the first minimum wage increase in California in five years. Some Bay Area cities and counties already have raised their minimum wages this year. San Francisco’s minimum wage is $10.55, and San Jose’s is $10.

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Most homecare workers entitled to minimum wage, overtime under new rule

September 19, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

A new rule taking effect January 1, 2015, means most direct-care workers employed by agencies and other third-party employers will be entitled to at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) says the change will affect nearly two million direct-care workers, such as home health aides, personal care aides, and certified nursing assistants. The rule extends minimum wage and overtime protections to all direct-care workers employed by homecare agencies and other third parties.

Individual workers who are employed only by the person receiving services or that person’s family or household and engaged primarily in fellowship and protection (providing company, visiting, or engaging in hobbies) and care incidental to such activities still will be considered exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections, according to a DOL fact sheet.

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California’s minimum wage expected to increase to $10

by Cathleen S. Yonahara

On September 12, a bill that would increase California’s minimum wage passed the California Legislature and was sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. Governor Brown has expressed support for the bill, stating, “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”

Assembly Bill (AB) 10 would raise the current state minimum wage of $8 per hour to $10. Employers would be required to raise wages to $9 per hour by July 1, 2014, and $10 per hour by January 1, 2016. This would be the first minimum wage increase in California in five years. Some Bay Area cities and counties have already raised their minimum wages this year. San Francisco’s minimum wage is $10.55, and San Jose’s is $10.

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More low-wage worker strikes are set for August 29

August 27, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 2 COMMENTS

Fast-food and other low-wage workers who have staged strikes in a handful of cities around the country in recent months are planning to take their efforts nationwide on August 29.

Strikers and their supporters are calling for $15 an hour as well as more protections for workers interested in unionizing. The latest wave of strikes occurred during the week of July 29 in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Flint, Michigan.

The strikes coincide with an effort, championed by President Barack Obama, to raise the minimum wage. In February, Obama asked Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour in stages by the end of 2015 and to index it to inflation thereafter.

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