The future of the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour remains uncertain as restaurant operators prepare to ring in the new year.
At the state level, wage hikes are expected in 19 states on Jan.1, 2017, as well as in a number of local jurisdictions.
Many state-level wage hikes are part of phased-in increases that will raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 over the next several years in places like New York and California.
Seven states will see increases as a result of annual cost-of-living index adjustments, including Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota.
In some jurisdictions, the wage increase doesn’t go into effect until later in the year. In Chicago, the minimum wage of $10.50 per hour will increase to $11 per hour on July 1, 2017, and in Los Angeles, the $10.50 hourly rate will increase in July to $12 per hour.
Take a look at where restaurant operators will see the hourly minimum wage rise in 2017. Rates are based on non-tipped employees.
Sources: Fisher Phillips law firm; Business for a Fair Minimum Wage; National Council of State Legislatures
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