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Several States Raising Minimum Wage

Magazine article HRMagazine

Several States Raising Minimum Wage

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California's minimum wage will rise to $10 an hour by 2016 under new legislation passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure raises the current $8 minimum wage to $9 an hour on July 1, 2014, and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Three other states-Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island- have passed bills providing for minimum-wage increases starting in 2014. In Connecticut, the $8.25-per-hour wage will rise to $8.70 on Jan. 1, 2014, and to $9 on Jan. 1, 2015.

New York's current wage of $7.25 will increase in three stages: to $8 on Dec. 31, 2013; to $8.75 on Dec. 31, 2014; and to $9 on Dec. 31, 2015.

In Rhode Island, the minimum wage will jump 25 cents, from $7.75 to $8, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

New Jersey could become the fifth state this year to increase its state minimum wage if voters approve a measure on Nov. 5 that would boost the hourly rate by $1, to $8. …

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