On the same date, the Colorado minimum wage for tipped employees will also increase 12 cents, from $4.22 to $4.34 per hour. Under Colorado law, employers can take a maximum tip credit against the minimum wage of $3.02 per hour. However, if the employee does not average at least $7.36 per hour in tips and wages combined, the employer must pay the difference as wages.
Colorado employers must update their labor law posters, including minimum wage posters. Employers are required to prominently display the posters in an area accessible by all employees.
Colorado is one of a dozen states that provide for an annual adjustment in the state minimum wage based upon the cost of living. On January 1, 2010 the state minimum wage actually decreased 4 cents per hour from $7.28 to $7.24. However, most employees were still entitled to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The annual adjustment is base don the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Denver-Boulder-Greeley combined metro area. Colorado is one of the few states that permit a reduction in the minimum wage.
The Colorado minimum wage generally applies to private sector (non-government) employees in certain industries including: retail, service, food, beverage, health, medical and commercial support service. It does not apply to government employees or those in manufacturing, construction or the wholesale industry.
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Effective January 1, 2011 the Washington minimum wage increases by 12 cents from $8.55 to $8.67 per hour. The state’s minimum wage will remain the highest in the year 2011, followed by Oregon at $8.50 per hour.
Tipped employees in Washington are entitled to the full minimum wage of $8.67 per hour because the state does not allow a tip credit.
The 1.4% increase is based on the nationwide Consumer Price Index for Urban and Clerical Workers in the year ending August 31, 2010. The increase was announced by Washington Bureau of Labor and Industry Judy Schurke after some legal debate, including an alternate opinion by the state Attorney General’s office.
Across the nation, nine states make annual adjustments to the minimum wage in January. Those states include Oregon, Vermont, Ohio, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, Florida and Missouri, in addition to Washington.
Many states exempt agricultural workers from the minimum wage, but Washington does not. However, in many cases agricultural workers are exempt from (more…)
The Vermont minimum wage will increase from $8.06 to $8.15 per hour on January 1, 2011. The 9 cent per hour increase is the first since January 1, 2009. This change will require that every Vermont employer update his or her labor law posters.
The Vermont tipped minimum wage increases by 5 cents in 2011, from $4.15 to $4.20 per hour. Under the state law, employees of a hotel, motel, restaurant or tourist place who regularly earn more than $120 per month in tips can be paid (more…)