Minimum wage to increase to $11 an hour in the New Year

Mathew BarnettDec 30, 2016

But Pa's will stay put at $7.25.

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill earlier this year raising California's hourly minimum wage to $10.50 on January 1, up from the current $10 per hour.

"The increase in the minimum wage is going to bring tough decisions for small businesses - especially restaurants - in the new year", said Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal relations for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

Ohio's minimum wage will soon be $8.15.

Workers receiving Ohio's or Michigan's current minimum wage will see it increase starting Sunday, although workers getting the federal minimum wage will find no such boost.

"Employers who pay for less than 800 hours of employee labor in a given two week period need not pay the City's minimum wage until they pay over 800 hours or more of employee labor in a two week period", the office stated. In November 2013, voters amended the state constitution to tie the minimum wage to the inflation rate.

The highest is in Washington where the wage in Seattle will go to $15, while the wage at SeaTac, an area that incorporates the metro area's main airport, will rise to $15.35. Cuomo said in a statement, "No one who works full-time should be condemned to a life of poverty and that's why NY took action to raise the wage and provide the opportunity of a decent life to millions of hard working New Yorkers".

The minimum wage also will rise to $10 an hour in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. "It means a lot to those minimum-wage workers".

The minimum wage increase applies to California businesses of all sizes but employers with 25 or fewer employees will have until 2023 to adopt the $15 per hour wage.

"We generally start people at $9.50 unless they have no experience".

He argues that the union contract with service workers at the University of Rochester, which includes a generous benefits package along with a living wage, could serve as a model for major employers in the city of Rochester. Others said they will have to pass increased costs on to consumers.

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