Three cities are increasing minimum wage rates in 2016: Seattle’s sliding scale minimum wage rates of between $10.50 an hour to $13 an hour took effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Los Angeles and San Francisco will begin increases in minimum wage rates there beginning July 1, 2016, with planned incremental increases up to $15 and hour over the next six years.
At this time, 29 states and Washington, D.C. have minimum wage rates above that of the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Six states have no minimum wage rates of their own, but default to that of the federal minimum wage: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Tennessee. Georgia has the lowest state-mandated minimum wage at $5.15 an hour.
Despite efforts by some members of Congress and President Obama, no agreement has been reached on raising the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which has been the law of the land since July 2009 as part of a three-step increase mandated in legislation passed in 2007.
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