Here are the 2018 Minimum Wage Changes for Small Businesses

map of the minimum wage changes

On July 1st, 19 minimum wage increases occurred across the United States; is your small business in an area impacted by these changes?

On July 1st of this year, nineteen minimum wage increases occurred across the United States and your company might be affected. In total, two states, the District of Columbia, and sixteen other localities were impacted by these changes and for many, this is just the first of several increases that are scheduled to be implemented on July first of each sequential year. As these changes have already occurred in 2018, your company will want to review your current non-exempt employee’s hourly wage and make payroll adjustments accordingly. You can find a review of these changes in our tables below.

July 1, 2018 Minimum Wage Updates

Location Previous July 1, 2018 July 1, 2019
Belmont, CA $10.50 $12.50 $13.50
Chicago, IL $11.00 $12.00 $13.00
Cook County, IL $10.00 $11.00 $12.00
Emeryville, CA $15.20 $15.69 N/A*
Los Angeles County, CA $12.00 $13.25 $14.25
Los Angeles, CA $12.00 $13.25 $14.25
Malibu, CA $12.00 $13.25 $14.25
Maryland $9.25 $10.10 N/A*
Milpitas, CA $12.00 $13.50 $15.00
Minneapolis, MN $10.00 $11.25 $12.25
Montgomery County, MD $11.50 $12.25 $13.00
Oregon $10.25 $10.75 $11.25
Pasadena, CA $12.00 $13.25 N/A*
Portland Metro Area, OR $11.25 $12.00 $12.50
Portland, ME $10.68 $10.90 N/A*
San Francisco, CA $14.00 $15.00 N/A*
San Leandro, CA $12.00 $13.00 $14.00
Santa Monica, CA $11.00 $13.25 $14.25
Washington, DC $12.50 $13.25 $14.00

* These locations have yet to state what the upcoming minimum wage will be.

July 1, 2018 Small Business Minimum Wage Updates

Several of these locations have set a different minimum wage for smaller businesses.

Location Previous July 1, 2018 July 1, 2019

Emeryville, CA

>Employers with 55 or fewer employees

$14.00 $15.00 N/A*

Los Angeles County, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$10.50 $12.00 $13.25

Los Angeles, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$10.00 $12.00 $13.25
Malibu, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$10.50 $12.00 $13.25

Pasadena, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$10.50 $12.00 N/A*

Santa Monica, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$10.50 $12.00 $13.25

Montgomery County, MD

Employers with 2-50 employees

$11.50 $12.00 $12.50

Minneapolis, MN

employers with 100 or fewer employees

$10.00 $10.25 $11.00

* These locations have yet to state what the upcoming minimum wage will be in 2019.

How can you stay on top of minimum wage changes?

While these mid-year changes affect nineteen locations, there are several other minimum wage increases occurring on separate annual schedules. Most of these changes will go into effect on either January 1st or July 1st of each year; however, some locations – like Delaware (10/1/2018) – change throughout the year.

In order for your company to remain compliant with these increases, you will want to frequently review the minimum wage updates in your company’s varying work locations and adjust employee’s hourly wage if needed.

Need help determining what to pay your non-exempt hourly employees? Our HR advisor team can help! Schedule a demo today to learn how our HR advisors can help you stay on top of minimum wage increases, employee statuses, and much more.

This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to provide legal, regulatory, accounting, or tax advice.

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