On July 24, 2008, when the federal minimum wage increased to $6.55 per hour, the Oklahoma state minimum wage increased, too. The state law for the Oklahoma minimum wage doesn’t even contain a dollar amount, but merely requires the state to match the federal minimum wage.
The increase in the federal minimum wage was the second in a series of three 70-cent increased mandated by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. The next increase in the federal minimum wage will occur on July 24, 2009, so the Oklahoma state minimum wage will increase on that date, as well.
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Under Chapter 62 of the Texas Labor Code, known as the Texas Minimum Wage Act, the state minimum wage mirrors the federal minimum wage. On May 24, 2007 President Bush signed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 into law. That federal act provided for annual 70-cent increases in the minimum wage. The current increase is the second of three under the law. The federal (and Texas) minimum wage will increase again on July 24, 2009.
The July 24, 2008 federal minimum wage increase affects employers in a number of states. Under the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, the federal minimum wage increased by 70 cents from $5.85 to $6.55 per hour.
This increase affects most employers in states where the state minimum wage is lower than the new federal rate. Under federal law, when an employee is covered by both state and federal law, the employee is entitled to coverage under whichever law provides the greater benefit.
This means that if (more…)