The 2013 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, 7 states have announced that their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2013. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase. Additionally, 2013 minimum wage determinations have not yet been announced by two states whose minimum wage is adjusted each January 1.Continue Reading...
Although the 2012 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour, six states have announced that their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2012. Additionally, one state has proposed an increase, and another will announce its 2012 minimum wage either this month or in December. One state, however, announced that its minimum wage will not change in 2012.Continue Reading...
On January 1, 2011, six states (listed below) will increase their minimum wage requirement. Two states—along with American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands— elected to keep their current rate. Colorado is considering an increase to the minimum wage which, if passed, will also take effect on January 1, 2011. The federal minimum wage rate remains unchanged at $7.25/hr.Continue Reading...
Ohio Supreme Court Rules that Contractors Must Be Assessed 100% Penalty for Violating State's Prevailing Wage Law
In Bergman v. Monarch Construction Company, the Ohio Supreme Court considered whether, in an employee-initiated enforcement action, the penalties set forth in Ohio Revised Code section 4115.10(A) are mandatory and must be imposed against a party found to have violated the prevailing wage law. In a 5-2 majority opinion, the supreme court rejected the reasoning adopted by the trial court and the Twelfth District Court of Appeals, both of which had interpreted the language in section 4115.10(A) as giving the trial court discretion to enforce the prevailing wage penalties. The supreme court observed that in section 4115.10(A), the phrase “may recover” refers to the choice the underpaid employee can make to enforce his or her right to recover the underpayment, not the court’s choice to enforce the penalties. Therefore, if the employee chooses to enforce his or her statutory right to recover unpaid wages, and successfully proves his or her case, a 100% penalty must be assessed against the employer for violating the prevailing wage law. For further analysis, see Littler’s ASAP Ohio Supreme Court’s Ruling on Penalties Ups the Ante for Contractors Subject to Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law by Heidi Alten and Neil Grindstaff.
This entry was written by Neil Grindstaff.
The federal minimum wage remains unchanged at $7.25/hr. However, various states will either increase or decrease their state minimum wages come January 1, 2010, whereas other states have elected not to change their current rate.
States that are increasing their minimum wage
$7.75/hr. Effective January 1, 2010 the minimum wage must be at least fifty cents more than the federal minimum wage. Alaska Statutes, §23.10.065.
$8.25/hr. Effective January 1, 2010, the Connecticut minimum wage will increase from $8.00/hr to $8.25/hr. General Statutes of Connecticut, §31-58.
$7.25. Effective January 1, 2010, Kansas’s minimum wage increases from $2.65/hr to $7.25/hr. Kansas General Statutes § 44-1203.