Minimum wage: Congress stalls, states act
Though the chances of rising per hour wages are there yet Obama administration and congressional Democrats are intending to use the issue as a campaign trail in the midterm elections. In the meantime, many States of the country have increased their per hour minimum wages for over the next year.
Technically speaking, those workers who fall under the Fair Labor and Standards Act have to be paid at least $7.25 minimum per hour wage for their service. But, this is not confined to all states. There are more than 21 states including Columbia which have slightly high offerings. Experts hold the view that the amount of per hour wages is also going to increase in Delaware, West Virginia Hawaii, Maryland, and Minnesota.
Here goes the detail:
In West Virginia, the minimum is supposed to be $8.75 by 2016.
In Delaware, the minimum wage is about to be $7.75, effective from June 1; then it will increase to $8.25 by June of 2015.
Minnesota’s $7.25 minimum wage is supposed to be $9.50 by 2016
Maryland minimum wage is supposed to be $8 by Jan. 1, 2015; $8.25 by July 1, 2015; then by 50-cent increments until it hits $10.10 by July 1, 2018.
New York’s minimum wage will be increased from $8 to $8.75 by the end of this year, then go to $9 by the end of 2015.
California’s minimum wage will be increased from $8 to $9, effective from July 1. Then it would be increased to $10 by Jan. 1, 2016.
According to NELP, Oakland, Portland, Maine, San Francisco, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Seattle New York, and San Diego are among cities currently striving to increase their minimum wages.