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Friday, July 1, 2022

 Source: The U.S. Sun

WAGE BOOST 

Millions of Americans set to get pay hike TODAY – see the full list of states

WORKERS across the country are in line for higher wages starting July 1 as new minimum wage laws take effect.

More than a dozen cities, three states, and Washington D.C. are among the localities that previously approved wage hikes for 2022.

Wages are rising across the country as new laws took effect on July 1
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Wages are rising across the country as new laws took effect on July 1

More than 6 million Americans will benefit as a result of these new minimums.

Here's where workers can expect to see a bump on future paychecks.

Connecticut

Previously, Connecticut's minimum hourly wage was $13.

As of July 1, workers in the state must be paid an hourly rate of at least $14.

“This is a fair, gradual increase for workers who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities," Governor Ned Lamont said in a press release.

The state's next wage boost is also already planned, as the minimum will be increased to $15 on June 1, 2023.

Nevada

Nevada has two different minimum wage levels depending on what benefits employees receive.

The minimum for workers with employer-sponsored health coverage was $8.75, and $9.75 for those without.

In March, the state approved 75-cent annual wage increases through 2024.

Those minimums are now $9.50 and $10.50 and will be boosted again next summer.

Oregon

Oregon adjusts its minimum wage annually based on changes to inflation, and wages rose on July 1.

While Oregon has a standard state minimum wage, which was just moved to $13.50, it also has set rates for rural and city workers based on the state number.

In non-urban counties, the minimum jumped from $12 to $12.50 an hour.

For workers in the Portland-metro area, the minimum wage moved to $14.75 from $14.

While 2023's wage change has not been announced, the Portland rate will remain $1.25 above the state level, and the rural wage will stay $1 less.

Washington, DC

The nation's capital announced that the minimum wage for untipped workers would rise from $15.20 to $16.10 on July 1.

For tipped employees, the minimum hourly wage is now $5.35, up from $5.05.

Washington’s employers are pivotal to our local economy and help make our city a great place to live and work," DC Department of Employment Services Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes said.

"DC is open and our workers deserve a fair shot at economic prosperity."

Other areas

The two largest cities in MinnesotaMinneapolis and St. Paul, hiked their minimum wages on July 1.

Both cities have sliding scales for minimum wage based on how many employees work for a business but hiked minimum rates across the board.

Cook County, Illinois also increased its minimum wage from $12 an hour to $13 on July 1.

Chicago, which is in Cook County but sets its own wage levels, moved its minimum wage up from $15 to $15.40 for companies with more than 20 employees, and from $14 to $14.50 for smaller businesses.

In addition, the following California counties and cities approved minimum wage boosts, according to Fisher Phillips:

  • Alameda: $15.75/hour
  • Berkeley: $16.99/hour
  • Emeryville: $17.48/hour
  • Fremont: $16.00/hour
  • Long Beach: $16.73/hour for hotel workers; $16.55 for concessionaire workers
  • Los Angeles (City): $16.04 for all employers
  • Los Angeles (County, unincorporated): $15.96/hour
  • Malibu: $15.96/hour
  • Milpitas: $16.40/hour
  • Pasadena: $16.11/hour
  • San Francisco (City/County): $16.99/hour
  • Santa Monica: $15.96/hour
  • West Hollywood: $16.50/hour for employers with 50+ employees; $16.00/hour for employers with less than 50 employees; $18.35/hour for hotel workers
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