Second Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect

On July 24, 2008, the federal minimum wage rose from $5.85 per hour to $6.55 per hour. It is the second of three scheduled increases to the federal minimum wage. Covered employers must post notices outlining the federal minimum wage requirements. The notices must be posted conspicuously and in enough places so employees can see them as they enter and exit the workplace. Posters are available from the U.S. Department of Labor and are posted on HR.BLR.com. The first of the three scheduled increases took place in July 2007. The third increase will take effect on July 24, 2009, when the minimum wage will rise to $7.25 per hour. Most states have passed their own minimum wage law, and many of the states have minimum wages that differ from the federal rate. Employers in the following states will be effected as these state’s do not have minimum wage requirements that exceeds the federal government minimum increase: * Alabama * Arkansas (state law is not tied to federal law, so employers covered by state, but not federal law, will not be required to pay federal minimum wage.) * Georgia * Idaho * Indiana * Kansas * Louisiana * Maryland * Minnesota * Mississippi * Montana * Nebraska * New Hampshire * New Mexico * North Carolina * North Dakota * Oklahoma * South Carolina * South Dakota * Tennessee * Texas * Utah * Virginia * Wisconsin (state law is not tied to federal law, so employers covered by state, but not federal law, will not be required to pay federal minimum wage.) * Wyoming (state law is not tied...