The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is responsible for enforcing some of our nation’s most comprehensive federal labor laws, including the minimum wage for people working within theUnited States. While minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25/hour, for 2012, that hasn’t stopped states from increasing their minimum wage policies for 2012.
States increasing their minimum wage are as follows:
States Increasing Minimum Wage
Florida: The Department of Economic Opportunity announced a $0.36 per hour increase, from $7.31 to $7.67 per hour, effective January 1, 2012. Tipped employees must be paid at least $4.65 per hour.
Washington: The Department of Labor & Industries announced a $0.37 per hour increase, from to $8.67 to $9.04 per hour, effective January 1, 2012.
Arizona: The Industrial Commission announced a $0.30 per hour increase, from $7.35 to $7.65 per hour. An employer can pay a tipped employee a wage up to $3.00 per hour less than the minimum wage – $4.65 per hour.
Montana: The Department of Labor and Industry announced a $0.30 per hour increase, from $7.35 to $7.65 per hour, effective January 2012.
Ohio: The Department of Commerce announced a $0.30 per hour increase, from $7.40 to $7.70 per hour. However, effective January 2012, the minimum wage for tipped employees will be decreasing $0.15 per hour, from $3.85 to $3.70 per hour.
Oregon: The Bureau of Labor & Industries announced a $0.30 per hour increase, from $8.50 to $8.80 per hour.
Additionally, several states still have pending announcements. It is recommended that all employers turn to their states’ regulations and policies surrounding minimum wage for 2012. If working with a PEO, you can further rely on them for updates and expert help with risk management and compliance including payroll, OSHA, EEOC and more, which can protect you from making a simple (but costly) mistake! If looking to partner up with a PEO in 2012, contact PEO Advantage.