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CT Minimum Wage to Increase in January

The current minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.25 an hour.

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By Patch Editor Leslie Yager 

Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase to $8.70 per hour on January 1, 2014, according to a release from State Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer.

The current minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.25 an hour.

“This increase to $8.70 is the first part of a two-year increase in the minimum wage,” Palmer added in the release.  “On January 1, 2015, in accordance with Public Act 13-117, Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase to $9.00.”

Although the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25, Connecticut businesses must pay the state minimum wage.

Under section 31-60 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Public Act 13-117, the Connecticut minimum wage rate for service employees, specifically restaurant wait staff and bartenders, is determined by using a formula that takes tip deductions into account.  

The rates can be found on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website atwww.ct.gov/dol, or by contacting the Labor Department’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards at (860) 263-6790.

Will Wilkin December 16, 2013 at 08:31 PM
The best way to raise the minimum wage across America would be to replace Free Trade with a Balanced Trade policy, diverting our annual $600 billion trade deficits into demand for US-made goods and services. That single change would grow our GDP at least 4% annually, directly creating millions of manufacturing jobs and indirectly creating many millions more jobs in other sectors through the multiplier-effect manufacturing has. This would be a much better way to bid up the price of labor because it would be backed by real wealth-creation in the economy rather than just more nominal buying power without any increase in wealth production.

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