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Minimum Wage by State: A Complete Guide for 2024

The Fight for $15 labor movement, advocating for higher minimum wages and better working conditions since 2012, has influenced state-level wage increases, though the federal minimum wage remains unchanged since 2009, posing compliance challenges for employers. Click here for article.

  • Movement Origins: The Fight for $15 began in 2012 with New York City fast-food workers demanding better wages and union rights, influencing global labor advocacy.

  • Federal Wage Stagnation: The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 per hour since 2009, marking the longest period without an increase in U.S. history.

  • State-Level Changes: In response to federal inaction, 30 states and the District of Columbia have implemented higher minimum wages, with local variations accounting for cost-of-living differences.

  • Compliance and Payroll: Employers must stay updated on state and local wage laws to avoid penalties, with integrated payroll systems like BambooHR® helping ensure compliance and efficiency.

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