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Minimum Wage

One of the fundamental rights of workers is the right to earn a decent wage. To that end, there are many laws nationwide that put forth a minimum required wage.

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Protecting Workers’ Earnings

Minimum wage laws set a limit on how low a worker’s wages can be. In general, there are two types of minimum wage laws: state minimum wage, and federal minimum wage. Which one is binding is usually whichever wage is higher.

Federal Minimum Wage

The Federal minimum wage is mandated by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. In order to raise the federal minimum wage, there will need to be a new act of congress that raises the minimum wage.

State Minimum Wages

The state minimum wage is different in each state. Some states choose to have a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum wage. According to the Department of Labor, those states and wages are:

- Alaska $10.85
- Arkansas $11.00
- Arizona $13.85
- California $15.50
- Colorado $13.65
- Connecticut $14.00
- Washington D.C. $16.50
- Delaware $11.75
- Florida $11.00
- Hawaii $12.00
- Illinois $13.00
- Massachusetts $15.00
- Maryland $13.25
- Maine $13.80
- Michigan $10.10
- Minnesota $10.59
- Missouri $12.00
- Montana $9.95
- Nebraska $10.50
- New Jersey $14.13
- New Mexico $12.00
- Nevada $10.50
- New York $14.20
- Ohio $10.10
- Oregon $13.50
- Rhode Island $13.00
- South Dakota $10.80
- Virginia $12.00
- Vermont $13.18
- Washington $15.74
- West Virginia $8.75

Other states simply keep in line with the federal minimum wage, increasing it as the federal wage goes up. Those states are Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Finally, there are some states that have no minimum wage law: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee. In most cases this means that the federal minimum wage will apply.

Protecting Employment Rights

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Minimum Wage Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is minimum wage?

Minimum wage is a legally required rate of compensation that applies to all qualifying employees. In general, there is a state minimum wage and a federal minimum wage and companies are required to pay whichever rate is higher. Not all workers are required to make minimum wage. Tip-based positions such as servers can actually make less than minimum wage as long as their tips make up the difference.

2. What is the Federal minimum wage?

The federal minimum wage is a national pay rate determined by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The last time the federal minimum wage was increased was on July 24, 2009 which raised the rate to $7.25 per hour for qualifying employees.

3. Does minimum wage vary per state?

While each state has the right to implement a minimum wage law of their own, there are some limitations on how it can be implemented. In general, if the minimum wage of a state is below the federal minimum wage, companies will be required to use the federal minimum wage instead. For this reason, many states have minimum wage laws that default to the federal minimum wage.

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