Florida minimum wage rises to $8.46 per hour beginning Tuesday

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To reflect the employers' concerns, the extra eight hours of paid rest given by large companies to their workers are excluded from the revised minimum wage calculations.

1, the minimum wage will increase from $7.85 an hour to $8.60.

The state and local wage laws come amid a multi-year push by unions and liberal advocacy groups to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationwide.

Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

For the rest of the state, the minimum hourly rate will go from $10.40 an hour to $11.10.

Workers at small businesses in NY will receive $1.50 an hour minimum wage hike, from $12 to $13.50.

Despite the national movement to raise wages for low-income workers, the state minimum wage is vastly different across the country.

Meanwhile, the government made a decision to include the regularly paid bonuses surpassing 25 percent of the minimum wage and welfare benefits exceeding 7 percent of it in the calculation of basic wages from Tuesday, as part of efforts to ease the financial burden of employers.

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The revised enforcement decree of the Minimum Wage Act takes effect starting Tuesday, following its approval by the Cabinet on Monday.

OH is one of 18 states adjusting wages in 2019.

Employers face a fine of $1,000 per violation if they are found liable for intentionally violating minimum wage requirements.

But Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri, disagrees, arguing a minimum wage increase doesn't "make money magically appear".

In Arkansas and Missouri, voters this fall approved ballot initiatives raising the minimum wage after state legislators did not.

In a statement released last week, NELP executive director Christine Owens praised the increases, which she said were needed for hardworking Americans who "have little to show for it". Businesses may place a higher value on experienced workers, making it more challenging for entry-level employees to find jobs. Wages and tips combined must equal at least the minimum wage.

"It may not have motivated every lawmaker to agree that we should go to $15", said David Cooper, senior economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute.

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