Are you ready? Our state is gearing up for a two-stage minimum wage increase over the next two years.
What is Connecticut’s new minimum wage?
Under the new law, minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $8.70 on January 1, 2014. On January 1, 2015, the minimum wage will increase a second time to $9.00. Overall, this translates into a pay raise of just over 9 percent for minimum wage earners.
Why the increase?
According to a press release issued by the Governor’s office, the increase is designed to aid families living at or near poverty level. “This gradual increase over two years is a balanced approach to helping hard working men and women without adversely impacting the business community,” Governor Dannel P. Malloy said. “Although I believe our nation as a whole should move in this direction, I also think Connecticut needs to lead the way in helping working families.”
What is the federal minimum wage?
Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 and has not increased since 2009. Employers in states that mandate a higher minimum wage (like CT), however, must pay employees at the state minimum wage.
How does the minimum wage increase affect temporary employees?
As their employer of record, A.R. Mazzotta is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal laws for our employees – and that’s one less worry for you.
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