The Vermont Department of Labor has announced the state’s 2012 minimum wage rates. Effective January 1, 2012, an employee must be paid at least $8.46 per hour, a 31-cent increase from 2011. Additionally, tipped employees must be paid at least $4.10 per hour, a 15-cent increase from 2011. The maximum tip credit an employer may take increases 16 cents per hour to $4.36 per hour. For a list of 2012 minimum wage rates in other states, please see our previous post.