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Indiana Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Friday, July 10th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
On July 24, 2009 the Indiana minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 per day. This change mirrors an increase in the federal minimum wage on the same date. By state law, the Indiana minimum wage cannot be lower than the federal rate.

In many ways, the ... continue reading

Utah Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Utah and the federal minimum wages will both increase to $7.25 an hour on July 24, 2009. That will represent a hike of 70 cents an hour from the current hourly rate of $6.55.

That is because, by Utah statute, the Utah minimum wage must mirror ... continue reading

Maryland Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Monday, July 6th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
On July 24, 2009 Maryland’s minimum wage will increase by 70 cents an hour, going from $6.55 to $7.25. On that same day, the federal minimum wage increases, and by law, the state minimum wage cannot be less.

Nationwide, state minimum wage laws vary widely and dramatically. ... continue reading

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
While the Minnesota minimum wage remains at $6.15 per hour, many employers in the state are entitled to $7.25 per hour when the federal minimum wage increases on July 24, 2009.

When the federal minimum wage goes up on July 24, 2009, the average American minimum wage ... continue reading

Virginia Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Virginia minimum wage law tracks the federal minimum wage in terms of both amount and schedule.

That is why both the federal minimum wage and the Virginia minimum wage will go up 70 cents an hour this year, from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour in both ... continue reading

Illinois Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Illinois has been added to a special list that includes California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Effective July 1, 2009 the Illinois minimum wage increased from $7.75 to $8.00 per hour. The state rate is higher than the federal minimum wage, currently at $6.55 per hour and slated for ... continue reading

Federal Tipped Minimum Wage

Thursday, February 5th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
For employers and employees in the U.S.   who want to know more about the minimum wage and how it applies to tipped workers, here’s a link to a federal website.

Under federal law, employers are not required to pay tipped workers the full federal minimum wage, ... continue reading

Florida Tipped Minimum Wage

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour. However, tipped workers in Florida must be paid at least $4.19 per hour effective January 1, 2009.

The tipped worker is usually a server, bus person, bellhop, or service bartender in restaurants, taverns, hotels, or other ... continue reading

Hawaii Tipped Minimum Wage

Friday, January 30th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Not everyone knows it, but tipped workers in some states are not legally entitled to the full federal minimum wage.

Tipped employees are entitled to a federal minimum age of only $2.13 an hour.

In Hawaii, the tipped minimum wage is $7.00 per hour, while ... continue reading

Mississippi Tipped Minimum Wage

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The minimum wage for tipped employees under federal and Mississippi law is $2.13 per hour.

When tipped employees make more than $30 a month in tips, employers in Mississippi and most other states do not have to pay the full minimum age. However, employees need not share ... continue reading

Vermont Tipped Minimum Wage

Saturday, January 24th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
What does the law say about wages for tipped employees? Must they get the federal minimum wage?

The answer is that in Vermont – and many other states as well – tipped workers need not be paid as much as the minimum wage. But they are protected ... continue reading

Washington Minimum Wage Increases to $8.55

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
Posted by Tamara
On January 1, 2009, the Washington state minimum wage increased from $8.07 per hour to $8.55 per hour, a jump of 48 cents. The increase is mandated by state Initiative 688, voted into law in 1998. The raise in the minimum wage is calculated in September of each year ... continue reading

2009 Arizona Minimum Wage is $7.25

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
On January 1, 2009, the first annual cost of living adjustment went into effect, raising the Arizona minimum wage 35 cents from $6.90 to $7.25 per hour. The cost of living adjustment is calculated according to the annual inflation rate as reported by the CPI (Consumer Price Index).On November ... continue reading

Colorado Minimum Wage Increases to $7.28

Monday, January 19th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
On January 1, 2009, Donald J. Mares, the Executive Director of Labor and head of the Colorado Department of Labor, published the updated Colorado minimum wage. The minimum increased by 26 cents from $7.02 to $7.28 per hour. The state minimum wage increased for tipped employees from $4.00 to ... continue reading

2009 Connecticut Minimum Wage is $8.00

Sunday, January 18th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
As a result of these state laws, the Connecticut minimum wage rose on January 1, 2009 by 35 cents, going from $7.65 per hour to $8.00 per hour. On January 1, 2010, the minimum will increase again by 25 cents to $8.25 per hour.

Unlike other states, ... continue reading

2009 Missouri Minimum Wage

Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reports that in 2008, Missouri’s minimum wage increased by 15 cents. In August of 2008, the Department released preliminary data indicating that the 2009 increase would be significantly larger than 2008’s raise.

On January 1, 2009, the increase took effect, ... continue reading

2009 Ohio Minimum Wage is $7.30

Friday, January 16th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
As a result of an amendment the Ohio minimum wage increased by 30 cents on January 1, 2009, going from $7.00 to $7.30 per hour. Tipped workers also received an increase in their minimum wage. According to the Ohio Department of Commerce , the minimum for tipped workers rose ... continue reading

2009 Montana Minimum Wage Increases to $6.90

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Montana minimum wage is increased each year according to the cost of living. This increase is required by Montana state law. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is used to calculate the increase, based on the rate of inflation over the previous 12 months.

On January 1, ... continue reading

2009 Florida Minimum Wage Increase

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
In November of 2004, Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment to establish a Florida state minimum wage. Under this law, Florida must adjust its minimum each year for inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for urban wage earners and clerical workers in the South Region serves as the source ... continue reading

2009 Minimum Wage Posters

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Employers are required by law to display posters detailing labor laws, including the laws that pertain to federal and state minimum wage. Every time the laws are changed, the posters must be changed, too.

The last change in the federal minimum wage occurred in July of 2008, ... continue reading

New Mexico Minimum Wage Increase to $7.50

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Like many other states, New Mexico enacted an increase to their minimum wage that was effective on January 1, 2009. Of all the increases, though, New Mexico’s is the largest. Its wage went up an entire dollar, going from $6.50 to $7.50 per hour.

The New Mexico ... continue reading

Oregon Minimum Wage Increases to $8.40

Monday, January 12th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
On September 16, 2008, State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced the new rate for the state minimum wage. As a result, on January 1, 2009, the Oregon minimum rose from $7.95 to $8.40, a bump of 45 cents.

Labor Commissioner Avakian made the following statement regarding the ... continue reading

2009 Vermont Minimum Wage Increases to $8.06

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Vermont minimum wage , one of the top five minimum wages in the nation, increased from $7.68 per hour to $8.06 per hour, a jump of 38 cents.

Vermont tipped employees received an increase of 19 cents on January 1, 2009, from $3.72 to $3.91 per ... continue reading

Rhode Island Travel Time and FLSA

Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Employees in Rhode Island as well as nationwide are legally entitled to payment for travel time under certain conditions.

What are those conditions? One of the most typical is traveling from home to a special job site if the site is beyond the “normal commuting area.” Another ... continue reading

South Carolina Travel Time and FLSA

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Travel to a South Carolina job site may count as work time under some circumstances and an employee in South Carolina or elsewhere in the U.S. may be legally entitled to payment for that time.

One significant condition must be met, however. The job site must be ... continue reading

Federal Travel Time and FLSA

Friday, January 2nd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Travel time during the workday is a complex issue. No employer expects to pay a worker for the time it takes to get from home to the job. Most employees would not expect to be paid for the travel time either.

If the drive to a special ... continue reading

Missouri Travel Time and FLSA

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Missouri workers and employers should realize that there are federal regulations regarding work-related travel time.

Simply put, workers must be paid for time spent traveling when going to the first job site of the day, provided the job site is outside of the “normal commuting area.” Second, ... continue reading

Ohio Travel Time and FLSA

Saturday, December 27th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (known as the FLSA) established the minimum wage and rules about overtime.

The FLSA also sets rules about paying employees for travel time.

Many employees in Ohio and elsewhere are unclear about travel time and whether or not ... continue reading

Alabama Tipped Minimum Wage

Thursday, December 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the federal minimum wage law, mandates that tipped employees in Alabama are entitled to keep all of their gratuities, and can not be required to share tips with a salaried manager. The policy was set by the U. S. Department of Labor. ... continue reading

Arizona Tipped Minimum Wage

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Arizona tipped workers, along with tipped workers in many other states, cannot be forced to share their tips with salaried managers.

The federal minimum wage law, established by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, allows employers to pay tipped workers less. Currently, the Arizona minimum wage ... continue reading