July 1, 2019, was major day for all of those who track minimum wage rates. Across the nation, state and local minimum wage rates increased. Some of the highlights of minimum wage rate increases that recently took place are below.
California is a tricky state in which to track minimum wage rates. The state rate increases in January 2020, but there are many cities with local minimum wage rates that are changing, as well. In those cities, some of them increase in July, while others go up in January. Time and location are important for knowing which minimum wage applies to you in California.
This year, the Illinois governor signed legislation that will increase the state rate starting in January 2020. But until then, if you have employees in Chicago or Cook County the minimum wage rate just increased on July 1. The minimum wage rate required by Cook County, though, came along with several cities that have opted-out of the rate increases, so the Cook County rate applies to only a patchwork of locations.
While the Minnesota state rate increases in January, Minneapolis has its own minimum wage rate that increased on July 1. Adding to the mix for 2020 is St. Paul, Minn., which has a minimum wage rate that will be increasing in July next year.
Nevada has a minimum wage rate that is tied to the economic performance of the state. The law specifies that if the state economies grows, then the minimum wage rate will increase accordingly on July 1. However, the minimum wage rate did not increase in either 2018 or 2019 and has remained the same. The state does plan to increase its minimum wage starting in 2020. Annual bumps are planned until the Nevada minimum wage eventually reaches $12 an hour ($11 for employees who are offered health benefits).
Oregon may take the title as the most complex minimum wage state in the country. Recognizing the economic diversity of the state, Oregon has three different minimum wage rates that apply throughout different regions of the state. All of this is controlled by state law, which specifies that minimum wages in each of the three regions increase on July 1.
More Minimum Wage Increases Coming
Looking ahead, Jan. 1, 2020, will be another day when many jurisdictions around the nation increase their minimum wages.
The minimum wage world remains complex. A wide variety of rates and laws determine which rates apply to employees. GovDocs will be tracking the relevant rates and laws and keeping you compliant in an ever-changing landscape.