• Minimum Wage To Increase For Many In 2016
  • December 22, 2015 | Author: Richard R. Meneghello
  • Law Firm: Fisher & Phillips LLP - Portland Office
  • A number of states and local jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage in 2016; here is the latest information on what to expect in the new year.

    Jurisdiction

     Current

    New

    Effective Date

    Notes

    Alabama - Birmingham only

    $7.25

    $8.50

    7/1/16

    Alaska

    $8.75

    $9.75

    1/1/16

     

    Arkansas

    $7.50

    $8.00

    1/1/16

     

    California

    $9.00

    $10.00

    1/1/16

    California - Berkeley only

    $11.00

    $12.53

    10/1/16

     

    California - Emeryville only

    $12.25 or $14.44

    $13.00 or TBD

    7/1/16

    The minimum wage for employers with 56 or more employees in Emeryville will be set by consumer price indexing, currently estimated to be $14.82.

    California - Los Angeles

    $9.00

    $10.50

    7/1/16

    Businesses with fewer than 26 employees will not be subject to the new minimum wage until 7/1/17.

    California - L.A. County only

    $9.00

    $10.50

    7/1/16

    Businesses with fewer than 26 employees will not be subject to the new minimum wage until 7/1/17.

    California - Mountain View only

    $10.30

    $11.00

    1/1/16

    California - Oakland only

    $12.25

    $12.55

    1/1/16

    Employers also have an obligation to communicate increase to workers by 12/15/15.

    California - Palo Alto only

    $9.00

    $11.00

    1/1/16

    California - Richmond only

    $9.60

    $11.52

    1/1/16

    Employers that pay $1.50 per hour towards health benefits plan may pay $10.02.

    California - San Francisco only

    $12.25

    $13.00

    7/1/16

     

    California - Santa Clara only

    $9.00

    $11.00

    1/1/16

     

    California - Sunnyvale only

    $10.30

    $11.00

    7/1/16

     

    Colorado

    $8.23

    $8.31

    1/1/16

     

    Connecticut

    $9.15

    $9.60

    1/1/16

     

    Dist. of Columbia

    $10.50

    $11.50

    7/1/16

    Hawaii

    $7.75

    $8.50

    1/1/16

     

    Illinois - Chicago only

    $10.00

    $10.50

    7/1/16

     

    Kentucky - Lexington only

    $7.25

    $8.20

    7/1/16

     

    Kentucky - Louisville only

    $7.75

    $8.25

    7/1/16

     

    Maine - Portland only

    $7.50

    $10.10

    1/1/16

     

    Maryland

    $8.25

    $8.75

    7/1/16

     

    Maryland - Montgomery County only

    $9.55

    $10.75

    7/1/16

    Certain recreational facilities need only pay 85% of the regular minimum wage.

    Maryland - Prince George's County only

    $9.55

    $10.75

    10/1/16

    Certain recreational facilities need only pay 85% of the regular minimum wage.

    Massachusetts

    $9.00

    $10.00

    1/1/16

     

    Michigan

    $8.15

    $8.50

    1/1/16

     

    Minnesota

    $7.25 or $9.00

    $7.75 or $9.50

    8/1/16

    Businesses with an annual sales volume of $500,000 or more pay the higher rate.

    Nebraska

    $8.00

    $9.00

    1/1/16

     

    New York

    $8.75

    $9.00

    12/31/15

    Fast food workers must be paid $9.75, or $10.50 if in NYC.

    Rhode Island

    $9.00

    $9.60

    1/1/16

     

    South Dakota

    $8.50

    $8.55

    1/1/16

     

    Vermont

    $9.15

    $9.60

    1/1/16

     

    Washington - Seattle only

    $11.00

    $10.50 to $13.00

    1/1/16

    Businesses with more than 500 employees pay $13.00; large employers contributing to health benefits pay $12.50. Smaller employers that pay $1.50/hour towards health benefits pay $10.50, and those that do not pay $12.00.

    Washington - Tacoma only

    $9.47

    $10.35

    2/1/16

     

    West Virginia

    $8.00

    $8.75

    12/31/15

     

    While the federal minimum wage will remain steady at $7.25 for 2016, federal contractors must pay a minimum wage of $10.15 to those employees working on contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2016 (an increase from $10.10).

    Note: These wage rates do not include minimum wage rates for tipped employees, which may vary by jurisdiction. Check with your local counsel.