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Chicago, IL: $10.50 by July 2016

El Cerrito City, Ca: $11.60 by July 2016

Emeryville, Ca to $14.82 by July 2016

Lexington County, Ky: to $8.20 by July 2016

Los Angeles, Ca to $10.50 by July 2016

Maryland to $8.75 by July 2016 

Multnomah County, Ore to $15 by July 2016

Oregon to $9.50/$9.75 by July 2016

Pasadena, CA to $10.50 by July 2016

Washington D.C. to $11.50 by July 2016

Minnesota to $9.50 by Aug. 2016

Berkeley, Ca.: $12.53 by Oct 2016

Montgomery county, Ma to $9.55 by Oct 2016

Prince George's County, Ma to 10.75 by Nov. 2016

NYC: fast food and state workers: $12/$10.75 by Dec. 2016 

After 2016:

Arkansas: $8.50 by 2017

Bangor, ME: $9.75 by 2019

El Cerrito City, Ca: $15 by 2019

Emeryville, Ca: $16.42 by 2020

California: $15 by 2022

Chicago, IL: $13.00 by July 2019

Connecticut to $10.10 by 2017

Emeryville, Ca to $16.42 by 2020

Hawaii to $10.10 by 2018

Las Cruces, NM to $10.10 by 2019

Lexington County, Ky: to $10.10 by 2018

Longbeach, Ca to $13 by 2019

Los Angeles, Ca to $15 by July 2020

Maryland to $10.10 by 2018 

Massachusetts to $11 by 2017

Mass. Home care workers to $15 by Jan. 2018

Michigan to $9.25 by 2018  

Missoula, MT non-union city workers to $15 by Jan. 2018

Montgomery county, Ma to $11.50 by 2018

Mountain View, NY: to $15 by Jan. 2018

New York to $15 by 2021

Oregon to $12.50/$14.75 by 2022

Pasadena, Ca to $13.25 by July 2018

Portland, ME to $10.68 by 2017

Prince George's County, Ma to 11.50 by Nov. 2018

Richmond, Ca to $13 by Jan 2020

Sacramento, Ca to $12.50 by 2020

San Diego (Cal.) to $11.50 by 2017

San Francisco: $15 by 2018

Santa Monica: $15 by 2020

Seattle to $15 by 2017

Vermont to $10.50 by 2018

NYC: fast food and state workers: $15 by Dec. 2018 

New York: fast food and state workers: $15 by July 2021

Buffalo/Rochester NY municipal workers: $15 by 2021

Washington DC: $15 by 2020

Obama Announces Ruling to Close Gender Pay Gap

01/29/16 - The Obama administration announced plans to start collecting data on the earnings of women and minorities at large U.S. companies in order to address pay discrimination. Under the proposal The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) would require employers with 100 or more employees to provide the agency with detailed wage information, broken down by gender, race and ethnicity. Unlike a similar Labor Department rule proposed earlier, it would apply to all large businesses and not just federal contractors. 
The plan, which is expected to take effect in September 2017 does not require congressional approval.

Proposed Big Changes Overtime Pay

01/25/16 - The U.S. Department of Labor released last year the long awaited proposed overtime rule. According to Lexology the final rule is slated for publication in July 2016. If implemented it would provide overtime pay to low paid managers by 2016, who currently don't qualify for them. At the moment, under the federal law, if an employee makes at least $23,660 per year - or $455 per week - their employer doesn't have to pay them overtime. The new policy would raise that bar to $50,440. Currently, only 8% of salaried workers can count on overtime protection. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the proposed threshold will ensure that at least 44% of all workers are automatically covered by the FLSA’s overtime protections.

Some facts: when federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher standard applies. And tipped workers: your overtime hourly rate can never be less than your minimum wage. Check our minimum wage section.