On May 25, President Bush signed a spending bill that, among other things, amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to increase the federal minimum wage in three steps: to $5.85 per hour effective July 24, 2007; to $6.55 per hour effective July 24, 2008; and to $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Employers also are subject to state minimum wage laws. The majority of states currently have a minimum wage that is higher than the new federal minimum wage and a number of jurisdictions, including those highlighted below, have additional increases planned in the next few months.