Effective January 1, 18 states increased their minimum wage, by as much as $1/hour. Let’s see if you’re one of the lucky ones.

 

Note: this is just a summary. These figures are for non-tipped workers. Many counties and cities in some states (like California) have higher minimum wages, and there are other exceptions to these minimums. Regardless of where you live, contact us at inquiries@hourvoice.com, and we’ll research your specific situation for you.

What to Do with This Information
If it looks like you’re getting a raise, congratulations! But first make sure you have all the facts. Again, there are exceptions to these laws, and you might be subject to one of them. Check the company bulletin board for a new Minimum Wage poster – almost every state requires these be displayed. Or check with us to confirm before talking to your boss. We’ll check our database of over 2,000 minimum wage laws.

You can casually mention to your boss, “Hey, I heard that we’re getting a raise; is that true?” If they confirm that, you’re all set. Just update your hourly wage in HourVoice so that it will accurately calculate your gross pay (Menu, then My Jobs).

If your boss doesn’t agree that you’re getting a raise, don’t challenge him or her, at least not yet. Do some more research. Get a copy of your state’s Minimum Wage poster (if you need help, email us). Talk to a worker center or labor attorney before going back to your boss. If you talk to your boss again, bring a co-worker or two (this gets the government on your side if you’re fired). Figure out who will say what during the meeting. Bring a copy of your state’s minimum wage poster.

In the meeting, be polite, but firm. Give the company the benefit of the doubt; maybe they didn’t know that the minimum wage had gone up. However, if you show them the poster and they still refuse to increase your pay, you can consider a tougher approach, like going to a worker center, finding a lawyer, or filing a complaint with your state’s labor department.

Getting the Most Out of HourVoice
  • Log every shift, right after it ends.
  • Build a Timesheet at the end of every pay period. Compare it to your paystub.
  • Invite friends and co-workers to HourVoice. The more people using HourVoice, the better it becomes for everyone.
  • Answer the questions and read the insights. You’ll learn important info about your rights and how to assert them.