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Stay compliant with July 1, 2022 minimum wages

Updated: June 23, 2022

By: Jon Davis

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A number of states and local jurisdictions have minimum wage increases that will go into effect on July 1, 2022. If you have hourly employees on your payroll, take a look at your state below to make sure you’re in compliance with the current minimum wage.

 

The states affected include:

 

Note: Other locations may have scheduled increases or other updates effective on July 1, 2022. Always check your local requirements to be sure you’re in compliance.

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Which jurisdictions are affected by the minimum wage increase?

California

City, state, or district New minimum wage requirement
Alameda $15.75 per hour See more details.
Berkeley $16.99 per hour See more details.
Emeryville $17.68 per hour See more details.
Fremont $16.00 per hour See more details.
Los Angeles (city) $16.04 per hour See more details.
Los Angeles County $15.96 per hour See more details.
Pasadena $16.11 per hour See more details.
Santa Monica $15.96 per hour See more details.
Malibu $15.96 per hour See more details.
Milpitas $16.40 per hour See more details.
Novato $15.00 for businesses with 1-25 employees

$15.53 for businesses with 26-99 employees

$15.77 for businesses with 100 employees or more See more details.

(rates have and continue to be in effect since January 1, 2022)

San Francisco $16.99 per hour See more details.
San Leandro $15.00 per hour (since July 1, 2020 and still current) See more details.
Santa Rosa $15.85 per hour (since January 1, 2022 and still current) See more details.

 

 

District of Columbia

City, state, or district New minimum wage requirement
District of Columbia $16.10 per hour See more details.

 

 

Illinois

City, state, or district New minimum wage requirement
State of Illinois $12.00 per hour*

$7.20 per hour tipped wage* See more details.

*in effect since January 1, 2022

Chicago $14.50 for businesses with 4-20 employees

$15.40 for businesses with 21 or more employees

$8.70 per hour tipped wage, 4-20 employees

$9.24 per hour tipped wage, 21 or more employees See more details.

Cook County $13.35 per hour

$7.40 per hour tipped wage See more details.

Note: Exceptions include employees who work for companies located in a municipality that has opted out of the requirement.

 

 

Maryland

City, state, or district New minimum wage requirement
Montgomery County $14.00 for businesses with 10 or fewer employees

$14.50 for businesses with 11-50 employees

$15.65 for businesses with more than 51 or more employees See more details.

 

 

Minnesota

City, state, or district New minimum wage requirement
Minneapolis $13.50 for businesses with 100 or fewer employees

$15.00 per hour for businesses with more than 100 employees See more details.

Saint Paul $10.75 for businesses with 5 or fewer employees

$12.00 for businesses with 6-100 or fewer employees

$13.50 for businesses with 101-10,000 employees

$15.00 for businesses with 10,000 or more employees See more details.

 

 

Nevada

City, state, or district New minimum wage requirement
State of Nevada $10.50 per hour if no health benefits are offered

$9.50 per hour if health benefits are offered See more details.

 

 

Oregon

City, state, or district New minimum wage requirement
State of Oregon $13.50 per hour Standard, unless otherwise specified below See more details.
Non-urban counties:  Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler counties $12.50 per hour See more details.
Portland Metro including parts of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties $14.75 per hour See more details.

 

 

Minimum rates and tipped employees

Depending on your jurisdiction, the minimum cash wage required for tipped employees may also go up when the minimum wage increases. This means that if the minimum wage is $11.50, but the minimum cash wage for tipped employees is $6.50, then you may be able to apply a $5.00 tip credit ($11.50 – $6.50 = $5.00) toward meeting the required minimum wage amount.   However, if the tipped employee’s minimum cash wage plus their tips do not equal or exceed the local minimum wage, employers are required to make up the difference. Consult your state and local wage laws to determine whether the minimum cash wage is changing for your employees on July 1, 2022.   Note: Remember, not all jurisdictions allow employers to apply a tip credit toward the minimum cash wage. In these locations, employers must pay tipped employees the full minimum in direct cash wages, regardless of their tips.

How to handle overlapping minimum wage rates

If you have employees working in cities or counties with different minimum wage requirements than their state, you should typically pay whatever minimum rate is most favorable to the employee. For example, Illinois has a minimum wage rate of $12.00 per hour, but Chicago’s minimum wage can be as high as $15.40, so the higher rate should usually be applied for employees working in Chicago.   An exception to this rule would be Oregon, which has a minimum wage of $13.50 per hour, except in certain counties where the minimum rate is $12.50. In these counties, the lower rate applies even though the state-wide rate is higher. Requirements can also vary depending on the expected work hours of the employee or the size of the business. It is always a good idea to check your state and local laws to ensure you’re in compliance.

Posting minimum wage notices

In most cases, employers are required to post current minimum wage notices in a place visible to employees in the workplace. You may have multiple state, county, and city notice requirements, so be sure to check with your local governments to be sure you’ve got the most up-to-date information posted.   If your business is located in a city, county, or state without a minimum wage increase so far in 2022, be on the lookout for any potential changes that may be on the way before the end of the year.

 

This article is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on for tax, legal, or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisors for formal consultation.

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Jon Davis is the Content Marketing Manager at OnPay. He has over 15 years of experience writing for small and growing businesses. Jon lives and works in Atlanta.