In my previous post, Will Employers Really Have to Pay for Pot Smoking College Interns?, I predicted that 2014 would bring changes in the minimum wage landscape.  Many thanks to those who have proved me right so far.

  • On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors from the nationwide minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.  The Executive Order will take effect on January 1, 2015.
  • Earlier this year, Gap announced that it would be raising its minimum hourly pay to $9.00 per hour for the remainder of 2014.  In 2015, the minimum hourly pay will increase again to $10.00 per hour.  The pay raises apply across all of Gap’s brands including Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athletica.
  • As of May 5, 2014, 38 states had considered minimum wage bills during the 2014 session and 34 states are considering increases to the state minimum wage.
  • Six jurisdictions have increased their minimum wage in 2014.

Do the states in which your company operates have a minimum wage above the federal minimum wage?  Hit the jump to find out.

States with minimum wages that are higher than the federal minimum wage:

  • Alaska ($7.75)
  • Arizona ($7.90)
  • California ($8.00, increasing to $9.00 on July 1, 2014)
  • Colorado ($8.00)
  • Connecticut ($8.70)
  • Delaware (increasing to $7.75 as of June 1, 2014)
  • Florida ($7.93)
  • Illinois ($8.25)
  • Maine ($7.50)
  • Massachusetts ($8.00)
  • Missouri ($7.50)
  • Montana ($7.90)
  • Nevada ($8.25 if no health benefits are offered)
  • New Jersey ($8.25)
  • New Mexico ($7.50)
  • New York ($8.00)
  • Ohio ($7.95 for employers grossing over $283,000)
  • Oregon ($9.10)
  • Rhode Island ($8.00)
  • Vermont ($8.73)
  • Washington ($9.32)