Minimum wages rise in 18 states this year


A waiter serves a round of beers at Los Angeles Ale Works in Hawthorne, where employees will see the minimum wage go up to $10.50 beginning January 1, 2018. That brings the total number of states with minimum pay above the federally mandated $7.25 per hour to 29.

The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009 and the purchasing power of the minimum wage has steadily declined for decades.

The wage applies to all Florida workers who are covered by the federal minimum wage, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Starting Monday, small companies - those with 25 or fewer employees - will have to pay workers at least $10.50 an hour, up from $10. The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase 7 cents, from $4.08 to $4.15.

The Monday pay raise is part of the state's plan to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $15 per hour by 2023. The city this week filed a notice that it is appealing a December 13 decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeal that rejected the local minimum wage, which was approved in 2016 and was slated to take effect in 2018. The increases might be delayed if the economy in the state falters. Currently, tipped employees make $4.08 an hour. "Raising the minimum wage doesn't just provide greater economic security for ME workers; It boosts Maine's economy as well".

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New Jersey is one of 18 states where the minimum wage will increase on January 1.

The minimum wage law approved by voters would also have gradually eliminated the subminimum wage allowed for tipped workers, which allows employers to pay tipped employees only half the minimum wage, as long as tips make up the difference.

Some cities in the Bay Area will have an increase in wages that will be higher.

Thirteen of these cities, including D.C. and NY, have minimum wages of $12 an hour or more.