At Least 21 States Raise Their Minimum Wage in 2014

minimum wageIn addition to a Federal Minimum Wage, many states also have their own minimum wage laws requiring employers to pay minimum wages higher than those mandated by federal law. In 2014 at least 21 states raised these minimum wages. Louisiana does not currently have a state minimum wage. However, if you engage in business outside of Louisiana, you must be certain that you are complying with that state’s minimum wage requirements.

Despite the lack of any raise in the federal minimum wage, almost half of the states raised their state minimum wages, usually effective January 1, 2015:

  • Alaska: $8.75 per hour (effective February 24, 2015)
  • Arizona: $8.05 per hour
  • Arkansas: $7.50 per hour
  • Colorado: $8.23 per hour
  • Connecticut: $9.15 per hour
  • Florida: $8.05 per hour
  • Hawaii: $7.75 per hour
  • Maryland: $8.00 per hour
  • Massachusetts: $9.00 per hour
  • Missouri: $7.65 per hour
  • Montana: $8.05 per hour (for businesses with annual gross sales of $110,000 or more; for businesses with gross sales less than $110,000, the minimum wage stays at $4.00 per hour)
  • Nebraska: $8.00 per hour
  • New Jersey: $8.38 per hour
  • New York: $8.75 per hour (effective December 31, 2014)
  • Ohio: $8.10 per hour
  • Oregon: $9.25 per hour
  • Rhode Island: $9.00 per hour
  • South Dakota: $8.50 per hour
  • Vermont: $9.15 per hour
  • Washington: $9.47 per hour
  • West Virginia: $8.00 per hour

These increase in state minimum wages means that in 2015 at least 29 states will have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. A number of municipalities have also implemented their own minimum wage laws requiring employers to pay wages in excess of the federal minimum wage. For example, several municipalities in California have increased their minimum wages to $11.05 and $12.25 per hour. Employers doing business in any area outside of Louisiana must make sure that they know about and are complying with any minimum wage obligations of those areas.

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