Minimum Wage: Stay on Top of an Ever-Shifting Patchwork of State and Local Laws

XpertHR's tip sheet will help you stay on top of the myriad of minimum wage increases from 2017 going into 2018.

The patchwork quilt of state and local requirements can be a real headache. In fact, it creates compliance challenges for 8 out of 10 employers, according to a 2017 Annual Employer Survey by Littler.

Since 2009 the federal minimum wage rate has remained at $7.25. However, over time, 29 states and Washington D.C. have minimum wage rates above (in some instances, well above) the federal rate. To complicate matters even more, dozens of cities, towns and counties across the nation have adopted local minimum wage ordinances of their own.

When a state or municipality's minimum wage rate is higher than
the federal government's minimum wage rate, employers in that
state or municipality must pay their nonexempt employees the higher
wage, except in rare situations. Conversely, when a state or municipality's
minimum wage rate is lower than the federal minimum wage, employers in that state or municipality must pay their nonexempt employees the federal minimum wage, again except in rare situations.

Use this guide to get a look at all the upcoming state and local minimum wage law changes taking place through the end of 2017 into early 2018.


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