Monday, November 17, 2008

Connecticut Minimum Wage to Increase to $8.00 on January 1, 2009

The state of Connecticut will increase its minimum wage to $8.00 effective January 1, 2009, and to $8.25 effective January 1, 2010.

On June 23, 2008, the Connecticut General Assembly voted to override Governor M. Jodi Rell's veto of legislation that will increase the state's minimum wage from $7.65 to $8.00 effective January 1, 2009, and to $8.25 effective January 1, 2010.

In addition, the General Assembly also voted to override the governor's veto of a companion bill (S.B. 55) which will increase the minimum wage tip credit for bartenders and wait staff. S.B. 55 will allow hotels and restaurants to pay service employees who regularly receive tips less than minimum wage, as long as tips make up the difference.

Governor Rell said: “It is not a minimum wage increase that will support our families—it is a thriving economy, accomplished through a business-friendly environment with successful employers and reasonably priced consumer goods and services.” Connecticut's current minimum wage of $7.65 per hour is higher than the federal minimum of $6.55 per hour. Governor Rell signed the last increase in the minimum wage two years ago.

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