Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage

The Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage will not be the highest minimum wage rate in the United States, but the 2008 minimum wage rate will be the highest in the nation as it stands now.

In the summer of 2006, the lawmakers in the state upped the Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage from $6.75 to $7.50 as of January 1, 2007. Then comes January 1, 2008, the big jump will come to push the Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage to the 2008 wage rate of $8.00, which will be the highest minimum wage rate in the United States unless another state moves to increase theirs in the meantime to up the ante.

The Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage will affect an estimated 300,000 people in the Bay State. It is estimated that in an annual salary basis, the Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage will increase the 40-hour work week annual salary from $14,000 to $16,500 per year, which is at least a $2,500 increase in annual salary.

The Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage even has a higher wage rate for city contractors in the city of Boston. And the Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage also affects agricultural workers, to increase their minimum hourly rate to $1.60 per hour.

Only specific occupations are covered by the Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage. These include all occupations except those that involve professional services, those that include outside sales force, or those occupations that do sales work regularly away from the home office, or those workers who are being rehabilitated or trained by a charitable, educational, or religious group. Also exclude from the Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage are those workers who are also members of a religious order.

The Massachusetts 2007 Minimum Wage will involve employers also having to guarantee that they have the most up to date posters for labor and employment laws in the work sites across the state.

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