Is Your State Minimum Wage Increasing in 2016? Read more here…

The minimum wage is scheduled to increase in 14 states on or before January 1 — MULTISTATE — Minimum wage 

The minimum wage is scheduled to increase on or by January 1 in the following 14 states:

 Alaska: $9.75 per hour on January 1, 2016 (Ballot Initiative 3 (13 MINW), approved November 4, 2014).

 Arkansas: $8.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 (Ballot Issue No. 5, approved November 4, 2014).

 California: $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 (Ch. 351 (A. 10), L. 2013).

 Colorado: $8.31 per hour, with the minimum wage for tipped employees at $5.29 per hour, on January 1, 2016 (Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 32 (7 CCR 1103-1, which adjusts the minimum wage rates pursuant to Section 15 of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, was adopted by the Division of Labor on November 10, 2015, and finalized on November 24, 2015).

 Connecticut: $9.60 per hour effective January 1, 2016 (Public Act 14-1 (S. 32), L. 2014).

 Hawaii: $8.50 per hour effective January 1, 2016 (S. 2609, L. 2014).

 Massachusetts: $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 (Ch. 144 (S. 2195), L. 2014).

 Michigan: $8.50 per hour effective January 1, 2016 (Act 138 (S. 934, L. 2014).

 Nebraska: $9.00 per hour on January 1, 2016. The state minimum wage applies to employers with four or more employees (Ballot Measure 425, approved by voters in the November 4, 2014, General Election).

 New York: $9.00 per hour effective on and after December 31, 2015 (Ch. 57 (S. 2607-D/A. 3007-D), L. 2013). For fast food employees covered by the Hospitality Industry Wage Order (12 NYCRR 146), the minimum wage on and after December 31, 2015, is $10.50 per hour in New York City and $9.75 per hour in the rest of the state. For tipped workers covered by the Order, the minimum wage for service and food service employees is $7.50 per hour on December 31, 2015, with a tip credit not to exceed $1.50 per hour (tips plus wages must equal or exceed $9.00 per hour) (For resort hotels only, service employees must receive a wage of $7.50 per hour with a tip credit not to exceed $1.50, if the tips received equal or exceed at least $5.05 per hour). The minimum wage for state workers, effective December 31, 2015, is $10.50 per hour for state employees whose job location is within the five boroughs of New York City and $9.75 per hour for state employees in all other job locations.

 Rhode Island: $9.60 per hour effective January 1, 2016 (H. 5074A and S. 194A, L. 2015).

 South Dakota: $8.55 per hour effective January 1, 2016. The minimum wage for tipped employees will be $4.28 per hour (Initiated Measure 18, approved November 4, 2014; South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, News Release, October 15, 2015).

 Vermont: $9.60 per hour effective January 1, 2016. The basic tipped wage rate for service or tipped employees will be $4.80 per hour (Act 176 (H. 552), L. 2014; Vermont Department of Labor, Establishment of Basic Tipped Wage Rate, October 13, 2015).

 West Virginia: $8.75 per hour effective December 31, 2015 (Ch. 124 (H. 4283), L. 2014, and Ch. 5 (H. 201), L. 2014).

Source: CCH 

Be considerate 

We often receive calls from potential candidates, leading up to their interview seeking advice on how to prepare for the big day. We often advise the following:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • Dress professionally
  • Research the company 
  • Prepare 5-7 questions to ask 
  • Bring at least three copies of your resume 

But what I have found is that employers are too often not considerate of the candidates time. We often forget that the best of the best are interviewing the employer (us) as well. So here is our advice to employers. 

  • Be prepared, review the candidates resume prior to your interview
  • Be punctual 
  • Offer coffee, water, tea etc
  • Conduct the interview in a well lit room
  • Have a copy of the canidate’s resume 
  • Most of all be welcoming – smile. 

Please feel free to share your tips.