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Minimum Wage Increases Begin in 2014

Minimum wage increases begin to take effect in 14 states for 2014 and the changes can affect overtime pay calculations.

For 2014, 21 states and Washington, D.C., have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. Most of the increases took effect Jan. 1 although in California the changes begin July 1.

Along with the new increases comes state notice requirements. All states have specific laws regarding the posting of minimum wage information and some states such as New York require employers to provide written notification beforehand of any changes to wage and overtime rates.

It’s generally considered best practice for a business to give written notice of an increase, according to an update on the matter from the law offices of Duane Morris. 

A recent ABC/Washington Post poll showed that two-thirds of Americans support raising the minimum wage with more than one-third of those surveyed saying they supported an increase to $9 per hour and about a quarter said it should be increased to $10.

In September, the Obama administration announced it would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to the nearly 2 million home care workers in the United States.

To review minimum wage laws in the states as of Jan. 1, see the U.S. Labor Department’s interactive map and state-by-state breakdown of their basic minimum rates and overtime pay.

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