2012 State Minimum Wage Increases

Effective January 1, 2012, several states have decided to increase minimum wage rates effective within their borders. The list of states is as follows:

Arizona:

Standard Minimum Wage – Increases from $7.35 to $7.65 an hour.

Tipped Employees Minimum Wage – Increases from $4.35 to $4.65.

Colorado:

Standard Minimum Wage – Increases from $7.36 to $7.64 an hour.

Tipped Employees Minimum Wage – Increases from $4.34 to $4.62 an hour.

Florida:

Standard Minimum Wage – Increases from $7.31 to $7.67 an hour.

Tipped Employees Minimum Wage – Increases from $4.29 to $4.65 an hour.

Montana:

Standard Minimum Wage – Increases from $7.35 to $7.65 an hour.

Tipped Employees Minimum Wage – Employers may not take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.

Ohio:

Standard Minimum Wage – Increases from $7.40 to $7.70 an hour.

Tipped Employees Minimum Wage – Increases from $3.70 to $3.85 an hour.

Oregon:

Standard Minimum Wage – Increases from $8.50 to $8.80 an hour.

Tipped Employees Minimum Wage – Employers may not take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.

Vermont:

Standard Minimum Wage – Increases from $8.15 to $8.46 an hour.

Tipped Employees Minimum Wage – Increases from $3.95 to $4.10 an hour.

Washington:

Standard Minimum Wage – Increases from $8.67 to $9.04 an hour.

Tipped Employees Minimum Wage – Employers may not take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.

It is important to note that some local governments have also enacted certain minimum wage rates. Employers must ensure they comply with those minimum wage rate laws as well.

Leech Tishman’s Employment Practice Group is available to discuss with you the increases to the minimum wage rates and has experience with other federal, state, and local wage and hour issues.

Please feel free to contact the Employment Group with any questions regarding wage and hour issues or any other employment law issue.

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