LABOR LAW NEWS
July 1 Minimum Wage Updates
By Patricia Mumford – Director, Research and Compliance
Published on June 7, 2018
Not all states increase their minimum wages on the first of the year; a handful of states will be changing their minimum wages, effective July 1, 2018.
District of Columbia
The Washington, D.C. minimum wage will increase from $12.50 to $13.25 per hour. This is year three of a five-year planned minimum wage increase; D.C.’s $15 minimum wage is scheduled to begin July 1, 2020. Indexed increases will take place beginning July 1, 2021.
Also, on July 1, 2018, the tipped minimum wage will increase from $3.33 to $3.89 per hour, continuing with annual increases until it reaches $5 July 1, 2020; indexed increases will take place beginning July 1, 2021.
The state of Maryland will increase its minimum wage from $9.25 to $10.10 per hour. The tipped minimum wage remains $3.63 per hour.
Minimum wages in Oregon are divided into three rates: Standard, Portland Metro, and Nonurban counties. The standard rate applies unless an employer is located within the urban growth boundary (UGB) of the metropolitan service district or within one of 18 nonurban counties specified by the state.
Effective July 1, 2018, the Standard Minimum wage will be $10.75 per hour; the minimum wage for Portland Metro will be $12, and the minimum wage for Nonurban counties will be $10.50. These minimum wages also apply to tipped employees.
Oregon’s minimum wages have planned increases until July 1, 2022. Starting on July 1, 2023, the wages may adjust annually based on inflation.
Earlier this year, the Nevada Office of the Labor Commissioner announced there will be no minimum wage increase in 2018.
In 2006, the Nevada Constitution was amended so the state’s minimum wage can be adjusted annually based on inflation. The minimum wage for employees offered qualified health benefits will remain $7.25 an hour. The minimum wage for all other employees will stay at $8.25 per hour. These minimum wages also apply to tipped employees.
Local Minimum Wage Changes
In addition to state minimum wages, many local minimum wages will go into effect on July 1, 2018. These include 15 in California; two in Illinois; one in Maine and one in Minnesota.
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