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Connecticut Increases Minimum Wage to $10.10 Over Three Years

Despite the fact that Connecticut’s minimum wage just rose from $8.25 to $8.70 per hour and was slated to increase to $9.00 in 2015, the Connecticut General Assembly could not wait to pass another minimum wage law.  The Governor signed a bill into law that will bring Connecticut’s minimum wage up to $10.10 in 2017, with interim increases to $9.15 in 2015 and $9.60 in 2016.

Connecticut lawmakers are the first to jump on President Obama’s bandwagon to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, an idea he has espoused since last November.  Connecticut lawmakers even received a congratulatory call from Vice President Biden the day the Governor signed the bill.

Although some cities have higher minimum wages, like Sea-Tac, Washington, with $15 per hour; San Francisco, California, with $10.74 per hour; and Santa Fe, New Mexico, with $10.66 per hour, no state minimum wage rate is scheduled to reach as high as Connecticut’s.

Time will tell if other states jump on the $10.10 bandwagon or if the President is successful in passing legislation to raise the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25) to this number.  Keep in mind that the President did increase the minimum wage for federal contractors on new federal contracts to this magic number.

Brody and Associates regularly advises management on complying with state and federal employment laws including wage and hour laws.  If we can be of assistance in this area, please contact us at info@brodyandassociates.com or 203.965.0560.