Florida's minimum wage is increasing in 2018, but is it enough?

New laws for the New Year 2018 will see key state laws go into effect

The new figure will be set at €9.55 per hour - an increase of 30c per hour.

Minimum wage earners in NY and New Jersey are in for a raise with the new year.

"This is the fourth time that the Fine Gael-led Government has introduced an increase to the minimum wage since it was cut in 2010".

Another minimum wage hike will be coming for NY workers Sunday.

"We though are concerned about further efforts to increase that and make MI an even greater outlier in this area", says Block. The increase will be phased in over a longer period for workers in the rest of the state. It will reach $15 an hour on July 1, 2021. Employees seem to feel that it does not matter, if you switch jobs or not when getting paid so little. And while states like OH and Kentucky have blocked wage increases, others like Colorado and Hawaii just instituted pay raises of nearly a dollar. An establishment is considered a fast food restaurant if it "offers limited service where customers order and pay before eating, including restaurants with tables but without full table service and places that only provide take-out service", according to the state Department of Labor.

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"We wanted to be able to find the best gift, and we haven't quite found it yet", she said. "I'll never do that again". Saturday is expected to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year, according to the National Retail Federation .

"The increase in the minimum wage will mean a boost for our lowest paid people in society in 2018".

"In many cases, our employers are paying beyond minimum wage", he said. The minimum wage for employees of smaller businesses with fewer than 11 employees will be $12/hour.

Researchers at UC Berkeley estimated in 2016 that increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour would affect 5.6 million Californians, raising their average annual income by $3,700.

Whether it's five cents, as in 2017 or the fifteen cents for 2018, minimum wage workers will use what they can make to help them in their quest for making a decent living.

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