Massachusetts to boost Condition Minimum Wage

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On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation that will heighten the Commonwealth’s minimum wage from $8 each hour to $11 each hour by 2017, which will be the greatest minimum wage in the united states.

Additionally, the Massachusetts legislation decreased unemployment insurance (UI) costs for employers over the condition. The reforms towards the condition UI system would freeze UI rates for employers for 3 many then expand the wage base susceptible to individuals rates to $15,000.

This bill, entitled, “An Action Restoring the Minimum Wage and Supplying Unemployment Insurance Reforms,” progressively enhances the minimum wage during the period of the following 3 years the following:

Date

New Minimum Wage

New Tipped Wage

January 1, 2015

$9.00/hour

$3.00/hour

January 1, 2016

$10.00/hour

$3.35/hour

January 1, 2017

$11.00/hour

$3.75/hour

Additionally, the legislation helps make the following changes towards the Massachusetts Wage Laws and regulations:

  • Changes the minimum wage for workers in agriculture and farming from $1.60/hour to $8.00/hour
  • Exempts periodic camp counselors and counselor trainees from learner and apprentice rates and
  • Provides that, in no situation shall the minimum wage rate be under $.50 greater (which was once $.10) compared to effective federal minimum rate.

This is actually the first minimum wage rise in Massachusetts since 2008 and also the first increase towards the minimum wage compensated to tipped employees since 1999, and it is likely to benefit some 500,000 workers statewide. What the law states doesn’t include provisions to tie minimum wage increases after 2017 to inflation, which Governor Patrick had formerly searched for to incorporate in the balance.

Even without the federal action, other states have enacted legislation to boost entry-level wages. Vermont will raise its minimum wage to $10.50/hour by 2018, with Connecticut, Hawaii and Maryland all on your journey to a $10.10 minimum. Captured, the District of Columbia adopted an $11.50/hour minimum wage, to consider effect in 2016, and Seattle’s city council voted this month to boost its minimum wage to $15 an hour or so within the next seven years.

 

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