Colorado Minimum Wage to Increase in 2019

Colorado employers should prepare for an increase in the state minimum wage from $10.20 to $11.10, per hour, and from $7.18 to $8.08 per hour for tipped employees, effective January 1, 2019. The increase comes as a result of Amendment 70, under which Colorado’s minimum wage increases annually by $.90 until it reaches $12.00 per hour in 2020.FN1

Other notable minimum wage increases in 2019 include the following:

1.   Federal Contractor Minimum Wage: On January 1, 2019, the minimum wage that federal contractors must pay covered workers will increase from $10.35 to $10.60 per hour, and the minimum wage for covered tipped employees will increase from $7.25 to $7.40 per hour.FN2

2.  California Minimum Wage: On January 1, 2019, California’s state-wide minimum wage will increase from $10.50 to $11.00 per hour for employers with 1-25 employees, and from $11.00 to $12.00 for employers with 26 or more employees.FN3

3.   Ohio Minimum Wage: On January 1, 2019, Ohio’s minimum wage will increase from $8.30 to $8.55 per hour, and the minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $4.15 to $4.30 per hour.FN4

  4.   Massachusetts Minimum Wage: on January 1, 2019, Massachusetts’ minimum wage will increase from $11.00 to $12.00 per hour, and the minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $3.75 to $4.35 per hour.FN5

Campbell Litigation will provide an update on minimum wage increases before the end of the year.

Footnotes:

FN1:   See Colorado Constitution Article XVIII, Section 15, https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Colorado%20Constitution,%20Article%20XVIII,%20Section%2015.pdf. After 2020, the Colorado minimum wage will be increased annually for cost of living increases. On November 6, 2018, the Colorado DOL will be holding a public hearing on proposed Minimum Wage Order No. 35, which formalizes the January 1, 2019 minimum wage increase. Public comments will be accepted through November 8, 2018. See http://files.constantcontact.com/de30c015101/86a6529a-f876-4f41-8296-275aeb412de9.pdf for detailed information on the public hearing.

FN2:    See https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/04/2018-19166/establishing-a-minimum-wage-for-contractors-notice-of-rate-change-in-effect-as-of-january-1-2019

FN3:   See https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_minimumwage.htm. Additionally, approximately 30 cities in California have local minimum wage laws. See http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/minimum-wage-living-wage-resources/inventory-of-us-city-and-county-minimum-wage-ordinances/

FN4:   See https://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/dico_2019MinimumWageposter.pdf

FN5:   Kelsey Basten, Massachusetts Passes Minimum Wage and Paid Leave Law, GovDocs.com (Jul. 5, 2018), https://www.govdocs.com/massachusetts-passes-minimum-wage-and-paid-leave-law/

 

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