The new year has brought another minimum wage increase in MA.
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25.
Employers with 50 or fewer employees must pay qualified workers "a salary of at least 1.5 times the minimum wage, or $821.40 a week" and businesses with 51 or more employees must pay "a salary of at least 1.75 times the minimum wage, or $958.30 a week", the release said. The CPI-U increased by 1.31% (unadjusted) over the year ending August 2020.
Maryland's minimum wage is still now on track to reach $15 an hour by 2025 for large employers, and 2026 for employers with 14 or less employees.
Minimum wage in Westchester will reach that $15-mark next December 31st. The perceived failure to pay three other employees the national minimum wage related to voluntary deductions from pay by these employees.
It's the first cost-of-living adjustment made to the rate since 2016, when voters approved a series of mandatory increases to take the wage up from the $11 rate that was offered that year.
Minimum wage workers are typically younger and predominantly have jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector, federal data show.
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Critics of Flagstaff's policies have pointed out increased wages could hurt business owners' bottom line, as they struggle through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"This should serve as a wake-up call to named employers and a reminder to everyone of the importance of paying workers what they are legally entitled to".
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Starting Friday, the minimum wage is $13.50 per hour, up from $12.75 per hour.
Looking ahead, Lehto hopes to see higher minimum wages for workers, federally and statewide.
"The City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, the City of Las Cruces, the City of Santa Fe, and Santa Fe County now enforce their own minimum wage", a spokeswoman for the state workforce department said in an email. There, a state law prohibits scheduled minimum wage increases when the state's annual unemployment rate is above 8.5%.