New rules for Washington’s employers went into effect at the start of 2023 and as of January 1, Washington state now has the highest minimum wage in the country.
Washington State Workers Will Now Get the Highest Minimum Wage
In 2022 inflation rate took a huge bite out of paychecks for American workers, but this new year brings some relief in the form of higher pay. Most U.S. states will increase their minimum wages in 2023, and Washington’s workers will earn the highest minimum wage at $15.74 an hour, according to data from Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory. Workers younger than 16 will be paid $13.38 per hour.
The Labor Law Center claimed that the next highest minimum wage is in California at $15.50 per hour, followed by Massachusetts, where workers will earn at least $15 per hour starting this year. For Connecticut, wages from $14 an hour will boost to $15 starting June 1, 2023. New York Tiered rates vary by region, with the minimum set at a $15 hourly rate in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, also in Westchester counties. Workers in Montana will get the lowest minimum wage, which is $9.95 per hour.
Wage Transparency Among States In The US
News posted by KUOW Washington state together with California, New York City, and Colorado by becoming more transparent about pay in job postings. The reason behind the modification is to help lessen gender-pay discrimination and level the playing field. The law also prohibits wage non-disclosure agreements. Therefore, employers can’t forbid employees from comparing or discussing their wages with colleagues.
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