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Transportation Brief: Beware Your State Minimum Wage Increases for 2019

by Donald J. Vogel

January 21, 2019

With a new year inevitably comes new laws. In Illinois alone, 200 new laws hit the books on January 1, 2019. Not surprisingly, many of these laws affect employee compensation, expense reimbursement, and a whole host of other benefits and employment issues. 

Employers should be aware of increases to the minimum wage rates across the country. In total, 20 states and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wage rate as of the first of the year or in the months following. The states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Additionally, many local governments have also increased their minimum wage rates.  Even though the federal rate under the FLSA remains at $7.25 per hour, that law does not prevent state or local laws that are more favorable to employees.  Employers should check state and local laws to ensure compliance. 


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