Some States That Are Primed to Approve a Wage Increase This Year

Last year, Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr. of California passed into law a legislation that would increase the state’s current per-hour minimum wage of $8.00 to $9.00, which will take effect this July. According to a labor lawyer in Los Angeles, it also mandates another wage increase come 2016, in which the minimum wage will be raised to $10.00. With the passage of the law, California was one of the five states that approved an increase in the state minimum wage last year, joining Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC.

Now that the nation’s capital and the five aforementioned states have done it, it is expected that a number of states would do the same for this year. In fact, as many as 11 states are on the cusp of passing laws this year that would increase their state minimum wages that would exceed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the projections of the National Employment Law Project or NELP.

 

Meanwhile, here are three states that are believed to be in great position to pass such laws anytime this year:

 

  • The State of Hawaii. Currently, the state where the President of the United States was born has a state minimum wage that is exactly the same as the federal minimum wage. This year, it is believed that it will be raising its per-hour rate to $9.25, which would increase each year based on the movement of the Hawaii’s Consumer Price Index (CPI). There is a major consensus between the state’s House and Senate with regard to the approval of the increase, though they thrown in different rates.

 

  • The State of Massachusetts. The Bay State’s minimum wage stands at $8.00. An increase is imminent, and it can happen in any of the two: (1) a ballot initiative would hopefully raise the state’s wage to $10.50, and (2) the state Senate’s members would agree to raise the minimum wage to $11.00.

 

  • The State of Maryland. There is no stopping the Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, in going after the state minimum wage increase. From the current $7.25, it is planned to be raised to either $10.10 per hour (if enough signatures are met in the ballot initiative) or $11.00 (if the Senate approves of the bill).

 

These only prove how state governments are doing the wage increase by themselves, not waiting for the federal government to act on raising the federal minimum wage. Recently, however, the President himself had already expressed his all-out support for the increase of the federal per-hour rate, from the current $7.25 to $10.10. A lot of people, political and economic analysts alike, will be observing these plans in the coming months.

New Minimum Wage Laws in California: That Badly-needed Shot In the Arm For Minimum Wage Earners

You know that minimum wage is the lowest hourly, daily, or monthly salary one can get. However in some states, these levels are so low, they won’t suffice to get you your daily needs. Every day, life gets tougher. The needs of your family grow. The prices of basic goods and needs shoot up and yet, the salaries of employees cannot keep up with this trend. Well, at least, something was done and new laws about minimum wages were implemented.

Image from Lauren Nicole via Getty Images

Image from Lauren Nicole via Getty Images

Minimum Wage Adjustments: Finally

It has been a while since the minimum wage in California was adjusted. Since then, the prices of the goods that you need to survive in life have changed every so often. While there were instances when there were price cuts in some products, most of the price adjustments are going up, making your already small minimum wage, even smaller. And so, assembly bills have been filed, and now made in to law to finally raise these wages.

California’s New Minimum Wage Law: What has Changed?

Assembly Bill 10 was recently signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. This is an amendment to some of the provisions or the existing laws to help California workers get the right amount of wages, even at its lowest levels. Here are the changes that this amendment brings:

  • Rising of the current minimum wage of $8 per hour to $9 per hour to be implemented on the 1st of July 2014. The second trench of the adjustments will be made on the first of January 2016, which then again will be increased to $10 per hour.
  • With the higher wages also come higher penalties for violations of the law, strengthening labor laws that are currently being implemented.

What these Mean To Minimum Wage Earners?

The new minimum wages give workers that badly-needed bump in their salaries that can help increase the quality of their life. Such is a fitting reward for low-earning individuals that give their heart out for their jobs. Moreover, with the help of an employment lawyer in California, filing claims of violations against employers are made easier, and penalties pegged higher, giving poor victims the power to demand for the right wages that they deserve.

Certainly, there would still be some crooked employers that will try to take advantage of the ignorance of others when it comes to new legislation such as this. That is why this law will significantly help the people in putting an end to wage-related problems in the workplace.