“I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage. You know what it means when someone pays you minimum wage? Do you know what your boss is trying to say? “Hey, if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.”
– Chris Rock
$7.25 per hour. That is the current federal minimum wage today. However, 21 states plus Washington, DC have raised the minimum wage for 2019. If your company has workers that are paid minimum wage, remember: If the federal rate and your state rate differ, your company needs to pay employees the higher of the two.
Here is a list of the states with new minimum wage rates in 2019:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington D.C.
Note that the new rates in New York depend on your company’s size and geographic area. The rates for California depend on your company’s size. If you need help with customizing benefits or payroll systems for your workforce in light of these new changes, contact a BenefitCorp consultant here.