2020 Minimum Wage Increases

Minimum Wage is going up in many areas of New England – though at different times in 2020.

For Massachusetts, the minimum wage increased from $12.00 to $12.75 per hour effective January 1st.  The tipped employee wage also increased from $4.35 to $4.95 per hour.

Vermont saw its minimum wage increase from $10.78 per hour to $10.96 per hour effective January 1st as well.

On the other hand, Connecticut’s minimum wage is increasing on a different timeline due to its recent change last fall.  Since Connecticut’s minimum wage increased to $11.00 per hour effective October 1, 2019, it will not increase again until later in 2020 with the minimum wage rising to $12.00 per hour effective September 1, 2020.

Despite efforts legislatively to change its minimum wage, Rhode Island is not currently scheduled to increase its minimum wage as of now; as it remains at $10.50 per hour.  (Whether they revisit and try to pass legislation once again to increase it has yet to be determined.)

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