We do not expect the incoming Trump Administration to introduce much federal legislation or implement new regulations on employment issues. As a result, progressive states and cities will be driving changes in these areas as they enact their own employment laws that exceed the federal rules.  On a practical level, this means that multi-state (and multi-city) employers will need to comply with a honeycomb of different local and state rules and regulations depending on where employees are located.

Over the next few weeks, we will be issuing a series of newsletters on the changing landscape of laws at the state and city level. Today, we are focusing on minimum wage increases taking effect in 2017.

On January 1, 2017, higher minimum wages will take effect in many states and cities. These minimum wage increases include the following:

    • Massachusetts – $11.00
    • California – $10.50 (for companies with more than 26 employees; $10.00 for smaller companies)
      • Mountain View, CA – $13.00
      • Oakland, CA – $12.86
      • Palo Alto, CA – $12.00
      • Sacramento, CA – $10.50
      • San Diego, CA – $11.50
      • San Jose, CA – $10.50
      • NOTE: Many other cities in California are also increasing their minimum wages in 2017. If you have California employees in other cities, feel free to give us a call to discuss any minimum wage changes that might affect your employees.
    • Connecticut – $10.10
    • Portland, Maine – $10.10
    • Michigan – $8.90
    • New Jersey – $8.44
    • New York – $9.70 ($10 in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties)
      • New York City – $11 (for companies with more than 10 employees; otherwise $10.50)
    • Vermont – $10.00
    • Seattle, Washington – $11-$15 (depending on employer size)
    • Employees performing work in connection with certain federal contracts – $10.20 per hour ($6.80 for tipped employees).

In addition to these changes, several other states and cities are increasing their minimum wages on July 1, 2017, including:

    • D.C. – $12.50
    • Los Angeles, CA – $12
    • San Francisco, CA – $14
    • Chicago, IL – $11
    • Cook County, IL – $10
    • Maryland – $9.25
    • Oregon – $10-10.25
      • Portland, OR – $11.25

Please be sure to update the wages for any affected employees prior to these changes taking effect. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about how the minimum wage increases might affect your company.

[1] Unless repealed by the Trump Administration.