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Minimum wage rises.

The federal minimum wage increased to $6.55 per hour as of July 24, 2008. However, many states also have minimum wage laws, and some are higher than the federal minimum, according to a report by J.J. Keller and Assoc., Inc., Neenah, WI. In cases where an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher of the two minimum wages.

The states where the minimum wage increased as of July 1 included

* Illinois: $7.75

* Kentucky: $6.55

* Michigan: $7.40

* West Virginia: $7.25

Kentucky's minimum wage will be the same as the new federal minimum but takes effect several weeks before the federal increase.

Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Utah increased state minimum wages to the same amount as the federal minimum and on the same date.

This change may affect employers if the state minimum wage applies to employees who are not covered by federal law.

Some other increases include New Hampshire minimum wage increased to $7.25 on Sep. 1; and effective Oct. 1, 2008, the Maine minimum wage will increase to $7.25.
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Title Annotation:Industry News
Publication:Modern Applications News
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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