Minimum Wage Increase for 2007, 2008, & 2009
Federal Minimum Wage Increase, effective July 24, 2009
Effective July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage increases to $7.25
per hour. This change reflects the third and final federal minimum wage
increase as amended under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
At this time, many minimum wage state laws will also change. In cases
where an employee is subject to both state and federal minimum wage laws,
the employee is entitled to the greater of the two wages. As it stands,
there are 31 states that will be affected by this minimum wage increase.
The states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,
Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. To view updated
minimum wage rates for your respective state, click
Many workers will be affected by the minimum wage increase. For part-time
workers, the increase provides a silver-lining, as employers choose to
promote more from within. Low-skilled, and youth workers also stand to
gain, under the assumption they are currently employed. However, for unemployed
teen workers, job prospects look grim. In June 2009, the U.S. Department
of Labor reported a 24% teen unemployment rate, further adding to the
up-hill battle teens face when seeking employment.
In order for business owners and employers to easily comply with new
law requirements, The LaborLawCenter™ provides updated posters reflecting
the July 2009 minimum wage update. Visit our Federal
Labor Law poster, or Complete
Labor Law poster product pages to order poster replacements for your
workplace. Customers that are protected under our Compliance
Protection Plan™ will automatically receive mandatory poster updates.
For more information on this program, and to learn how you can receive
worry-free compliance in 1, 2, or 3-year increments, visit our Compliance
Protection Plan™ page.
Federal Minimum Wage Increases Again July, 2008
As part of the three part increase, effective July 2008, the minimum
wage will increase to $6.55 per hour. Due to the increase, many state
minimum wage rates will change as well. For a detailed list of rates,
please click here. The next
and final increase will be in July 2009. Our Federal Labor Law poster
has the new Federal rate reflected and the Complete labor law poster has
any new State and Federal rates reflected on the poster as well.
LaborLawCenter™ will continually keep you posted on any type of state
or federal change. Please continue to visit us as many other important
changes will occur on an annual basis.
Special Minimum Wage For Workers w/Disabilities
Workers with disabilities paid at special minimum wages are paid less
than the basic hourly rates stated in an SCA wage determination and less
than the FLSA minimum wage of $5.85 per hour beginning July 24, 2007,
$6.55 per hour beginning July 24, 2008, and $7.25 per hour beginning July
24, 2009. Such wages are referred to as "commensurate wage rates" and
is based on the worker's individual productivity, no matter how limited,
in proportion to the wage and productivity of experienced workers who
do not have disabilities that impact their productivity when performing
essentially the same type, quality, and quantity of work in the geographic
area from which the labor force of the community is drawn.
For an employer to pay the special minimum wages, they must obtain a
certificate. Authority to pay special minimum wages to workers with disabilities
applies to work covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), McNamara-O’Hara
Service Contract Act (SCA), and/or Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA).
New Federal Minimum Wage In Effect in 24 hours!
The new Federal Minimum Wage rate of $5.85 is set to go into effect July
24th. This will be the first increase out of a three step increase set
by the Federal government. Labor
Law Posters must be posted that reflect the new rate. Order your Labor
Law Poster today.
Federal Government releases new Federal Minimum Wage Poster Effective
July 24th, 2007
On July 3, 2007, the Federal Government released the updated version
of the new Federal Minimum Wage Poster. The poster reflects the increase
in three steps. The new poster will be reflected on our Complete
State and Federal Poster or the Federal
Only Labor Law Poster. With many states operating under the Federal
Minimum Wage, many state posters are also being updated to reflect the
new increase. To stay in Continual Complete Compliance, please click
here to get more information on our Compliance Protection Plan™.
Federal Minimum Wage Increases by $2.10!
President Bush has signed a bill that increased the Federal Minimum Wage
rate. The increase is the first ever since 1997! In approximately 60 days,
the new rate will take effect and employers must comply. States that are
operating under the current Federal Minimum Wage of $5.15 will soon need
to comply with the new rate. Although many states are currently operating
under a State Minimum Wage that is already higher than the Federal Minimum
Wage, they still must post the new notice reflecting the new rate. Purchase
The Complete Poster
or The Federal Labor Law
Poster which will reflect the new Federal Minimum Wage to stay in
compliance with the labor law posting requirements.
To view other State Minimum Wage Rates, please click
Federal Minimum Wage Bill Approved by Congress with the President's
The Federal Minimum wage increase is soon to become a reality in a matter
of short days for all minimum wage earners across America. Congress on
Thursday, May 24, 2007 approved the Federal Minimum Wage increase and
a spokesman for President Bush said he would sign the bill into law. If
President Bush signs the bill into law, it will take two months from the
day of the signing for the law to go into effect. The pay increase will
be a total of $2.10 and it will be increase in three increments, first
increase of $0.70 will occur before the end of summer making the new minimum
wage $5.85 per hour, another .70 cents increase sometime next year will
make the minimum wage $6.55 per hour and the final increase of .70 cents
will put the new minimum wage at $7.25 per hour by summer of 2009.
Pre-Ordering of the Labor Law Posters are current being taken. You will
not be billed or shipped for the posters until posters are shipped. To
Pre-Order, please click
Federal Minimum Wage increase makes progress in Congress on April
On April 20th, 2007 both the House of Representatives and Senate has
reached deal on what has been stalling the Federal Minimum Wage increase.
The negotiators for the House and the Senate have agreed on a business
tax incentive package that will be accompanying the wage increase. For
weeks the House and Senate has delayed the progress of the increase due
to differences over how to ease the impact of raising the wage on small
The steps of the Federal Minimum Wage increase will still be in a three
step increase. The increase, if in effect, will increase the Federal Minimum
Wage to $5.85 per hour 60 days after the president signs the bill into
law, then $6.55 per hour a year later and $7.25 per hour a year after
LaborLawCenter.com will closely monitor the Federal Minimum Wage increase
and will keep you posted. Please click
here for information on how to stay in compliance with the labor law
posters should the update occur.
What Is Next For Businesses And The Federal Minimum Wage?
A final bill still needs to be sent to President Bush for approval before
the increase will take effect and be signed into law. If and when President
Bush signs the bill, the Federal Minimum Wage increase will officially
become a new law and an increase will be in effect 60 days after that.
The breakdown of the increase will be $5.85 60 days after the new increase
is signed into law, then $6.55 a year later and finally $7.25 a year after
How Will Businesses Stay In Compliance?
The current Federal Minimum Wage Poster reflects the minimum wage of
$5.15 per hour. Should the new Federal Minimum Wage take effect, the existing
poster reflecting the $5.15 per hour rate will be revised and new labor
law posters will be updated to reflect the new rate and regulations. There
is no exact timeframe as to when the new Federal Minimum Wage poster will
be available soon after the bill is signed into law. The Department of
Labor will be working on the finalization of the poster once the law is
in effect and LaborLawCenter.com will keep you up to date as when the
poster would be available. The last time the Federal Minimum Wage increased,
it had two proposed rate increases and both increases were reflected onto
the poster. It is still unclear as to whether the three step increase
for this current proposed Federal Minimum Wage will be reflected on the
Federal Minimum Wage poster.
What Is The Compliance
Protection Plan™ Advantage!
This week marked a successful gain towards the increase to the Federal
Minimum Wage. With the prospect of a Federal Minimum Wage Increase looking
very positive, businesses should consider what to do to stay in compliance
while keeping costs down. Not only will the Compliance
Protection Plan™ protect you against the Federal Minimum Wage update
but it will also protect you against state mandated updates as well keeping
you always in compliance with any Federal or State mandated changes that
require you to update your labor law posters. Under the Compliance
Protection Plan™, your organization will receive a brand new complete
labor law poster whenever there is a Federal or State Mandated update
to the labor law posters. Please click here to start your Compliance
Protection Plan™ or to find out more about how the Compliance Protection
Plan™ can save you costly fines, keep your labor law poster costs down,
and save your company valuable time.
How Will the State's Minimum Wage Be Affected?
With the current Federal Minimum Wage at $5.15, 29 other states have
already increased their state's minimum wage and essentially adopted a
minimum wage rate that was higher than the Federal Minimum Wage rate to
adjust to the cost of living and to meet the needs of citizens of their
State. Within the past month or so Kentucky and Virginia are also working
on increasing their State's minimum wage as the Federal Minimum Wage is
not meeting the needs of their citizens. As the Federal Minimum Wage increase
looks more promising, other states will possibly soon look into meeting
the Federal standards.
Is There A State Minimum Wage And A Federal Minimum Wage?
Yes. If the State assesses that a higher minimum wage than the Federal
Minimum Wage will suit the needs of their citizens, a different minimum
wage rate will be adopted. With that being said, for any state that has
a higher minimum wage than the Federal Minimum Wage, two postings will
prevail. There will be a Federal Minimum Wage poster that must be posted
and a State Minimum Wage poster that must be posted simultaneously if
the State mandates that a State Minimum Wage poster be posted as well.
Now is the best time to consider the Compliance
Protection Plan™. With the pending Federal Minimum Wage Increase
and the possibility of other State changes as a result of the increase,
it is more important than ever to consider the Compliance Protection Plan™.
Please click here to start your Compliance Protection Plan™ or to find
out more about the Compliance Protection Plan™.
Progress of the 2007 Increase to the Federal Minimum Wage
Senate Approves Increase to Federal Minimum Wage
On February 1, 2007 the Senate voted overwhelmingly to increase the Federal
Minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over the course of two years. The Federal
minimum wage increase, if signed by President Bush, will be the first
increase in a decade. The approved vote came after a nine-day debate.
President Bush is urging the House of Representatives to support the measure,
including the tax help for small businesses. With the Senate and House
of Representatives both approving a Federal Minimum Wage increase, the
likelihood of an increase for the 2007 year is definitely looking more
promising. The next step is for both the Senate and The House of Representatives
to debate and finalize on a final bill to send to President Bush for approval.
Federal Minimum Wage Increase Delays in Senate - January 24th,
The Senate did not approve on the measure to increase the federal minimum
wage without including tax cuts for employers causing a delay in the progress
increasing the Federal Minimum Wage. The bill approved by the House of
Representatives a few weeks ago was rejected after falling six votes short.
The bill is so-called a "clean bill" as it sought to increase the federal
minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over the next two years but didn't add
tax breaks or other exemptions for business owners. President Bush stated
that he will only support an increase that includes tax cuts for businesses.
The senate rejecting the House of Representative's version of the bill
means that now the Senate will be introducing a series of amendments to
Upon the amendments to the bill, the Senate will re-vote on the second
bill which will not be expected until next week.
House of Representatives Makes Progress In Approving The Federal
Minimum Wage Increase For 2007
On January 10, 2007, the House of Representatives successfully won the
approval to raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $7.25 per hour. This is
a crucial step as it brings America's minimum wage workers closer to an
increase in their pay for over a decade. The next step to moving closer
to a final approval would be getting the Senate to approve the new Federal
Minimum Wage. The measure which will be going to the Senate would propose
an increase of $2.10 to the current federal minimum wage of $5.15 over
the next 26 months bringing the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.
The Senate is expected to move quickly - perhaps in the next few weeks
- on a similar bill.