Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

Ten states - Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington - kicked off 2013 by raising their minimum wage rates.

Nine of the 10 increases were part of annual inflation adjustments required by the states' constitutions or statutes. These increases ranged in size from a low of 10 cents in Missouri to a high of 15 cents in Washington. (Nevada also adjusts its minimum wage for inflation every year, but its changes take effect in July rather than in January.)

The tenth state, Rhode Island, made a one-time increase to its minimum wage of 35 cents, to $7.75 an hour, in response to an amendment signed into law in June 2012.

XpertHR has updated its Employment Law Manual, Legal Timetable and Quick Reference Chart to reflect these changes.

Additional Resources

Employment Law Manual

Legal Timetable

Quick Reference