Maine's minimum wage to increase to $10 an hour

Posted January 01, 2018

Tipped workers will remain at an hourly wage of $7.50 until 2019, but other workers will see an increase for the next few years until the rate reaches $15 an hour.

The federal government established a minimum wage in a 1938 law called the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also marked the first time that employers were legally required to pay workers overtime for certain jobs.

The Cuomo administration estimated that more than 2.3 million workers will be helped by the increase in the wage, which had been $9.70 per hour.

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It was announced back in October 2017's Budget that the Irish minimum wage would be increased, with the new sum to be tallied in 2018.

ME is one of 18 states, including three in New England, raising wages in January. The increase will be phased in over a longer period for workers in the rest of the state. Lawmakers later changed the law to only require employers to make up the difference when tips don't exceed the minimum wage.

Todd Tranum, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President, expressed his concerns as well.

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Under the new program, all employees who work in the private sector will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid family leave when caring for an infant, a family member with a serious health condition or to relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service.

"The minimum wage increase, new paid family leave requirements and the state's proposed employee scheduling regulations are concerning to employers in the area", he said. For example, since 2016 the minimum wage has increased 14.5% and is scheduled to continue to increase through 2021.

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