Arizona Minimum Wage to Rise in 2013 to $7.80 an Hour

The Arizona Industrial Commission has released the state's 2013 Minimum Wage Poster. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the minimum wage rate will increase from $7.65 per hour to $7.80 per hour. An employer may pay a tipped employee a wage up to $3.00 per hour, same as last year. Every employer covered under the Arizona Minimum […]

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Arizona Minimum Wage to Rise to $7.80 in 2013

Arizona voters enacted the Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act in 2006.  That voter initiative established an Arizona minimum wage and provided for an annual increase based on the increase in the cost of living.   The cost of living is based on the federal Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), U.S. City Average […]

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San Francisco Wins Battle with Santa Fe Over Highest Minimum Wage

When the minimum wage in the City and County of San Francisco rises to $10.55 an hour on Jan. 1, 2013, it will eclipse reigning champ Santa Fe for the title of highest minimum wage in the U.S. The Santa Fe minimum wage currently stands at $10.29 an hour. Since Santa Fe ties its minimum […]

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Florida Minimum Wage to Rise to $7.79 on Jan. 1, 2013

Florida recalculates its minimum wage each Sept. 30 to adjust the rate according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Accordingly, the state's minimum wage will escalate to $7.79 an hour commencing Jan. 1, 2013. Tipped employees must be paid a minimum of $4.77 an hour, with tips bringing the total to match or exceed the […]

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Montana’s Minimum Wage to Rise to $7.80 in 2013

Montana’s minimum wage will rise to $7.80 per hour Jan. 1, 2013, pursuant to Montana Code Annotated 39-3-409. The law requires a minimum wage adjustment annually based on changes in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from August of the preceding year to August of the year in which the calculation is […]

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Ohio Minimum Wage to Rise on Jan. 1, 2013, to Match CPI

Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on Jan. 1, 2013, to $7.85 per hour for nontipped employees and to $3.93 per hour for tipped employees, plus tips. The 2012 Ohio minimum wage is $7.70 per hour for non-tipped employees and $3.85 for tipped employees, plus tips. On Jan. 1, 2013, the increased minimum wage […]

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Washington Minimum Wage to Rise to $9.19 on Jan. 1, 2013

Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $9.19 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2013, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced on Friday. L&I calculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required by Initiative 688, approved by Washington voters in 1998. The 15-cent-per-hour increase, from $9.04 to $9.19 an hour, reflects a 1.67 percent increase in […]

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DOL to Continue Challenging Overtime-Exempt and Independent Contractor Arrangements

Speaking before the American Bar Association (ABA) at its annual conference this month, Solicitor M. Patricia Smith of the Department of Labor (DOL) said that investigations of employment arrangements that incorrectly classify people as independent contractors, or otherwise make employees exempt from overtime pay, would continue in a cooperative effort with several states. Smith, who […]

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Surprise DOL Visits on the Uptick

According to a former Bush administration official (now a Washington, D.C. lawyer who follows enforcement trends), the Department of Labor (DOL) is conducting more surprise wage-and-hour investigations than at any time in the recent past. Afred J. Robinson Jr., who was acting administrator for the DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) under George W. Bush, […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOL Interpretation of Pharma Reps’ Overtime Status

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an interpretation by the Department of Labor (DOL) that pharmaceutical sales representatives are hourly employees subject to overtime day. The 5-4 decision, in Michael Shane Christopher, et al., Petitioners v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. dba GlaxoSmithKline, restores the DOL's position on the issue that existed for decades prior to 2009, […]

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