Florida's minimum wage rises to $8.46 per hour beginning New Year's Day.
Delaware's minimum wage is also going up by 50 cents to $8.75 an hour.
The Vermont wage is indexed to inflation.
If you're an employer with minimum-wage employees, you may have to pay them more starting this week. Minimum wage workers will see that pay increase beginning December 31, 2018, but their new wage depends on where in the state they work.
Employers face a fine of $1,000 per violation if they are found liable for intentionally violating minimum wage requirements.
The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009.
The median hourly wage is about $16 in Northwest Arkansas and about $14 an hour in the rest of the state. "There's no big pot of money out there to get the money out of" for the required pay raises, Wiggins said. Few are there yet, but many states have ratcheted up wages through phased-in laws and adjustments for inflation.More news: The Royals Just Shared Their Favorite Moments of 2018
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Minnesota's full minimum wage now tops the federal minimum wage by more than 2.50 an hour. Businesses may place a higher value on experienced workers, making it more challenging for entry-level employees to find jobs.
In October, however, those same researchers reached a contrasting conclusion.
The debate over the minimum wage has long divided both Americans and economists. Some have repeatedly raised their rates.
"I think the weight of the evidence to date suggests the employment effects from minimum-wage increases in the US have been pretty small, much smaller than the wage increases", he said.
The remaining 21 states use the federal minimum wage: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
"It may not have motivated every lawmaker to agree that we should go to $15", David Cooper, senior economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute, told the Associated Press. Some cities in California, Santa Fe in New Mexico, and the whole state of Nevada, are planning minimum wage increases on July 1. "But it's motivated many of them to accept that we need higher minimum wages than we now have in much of the country".