Connecticut and Rhode Island Minimum Wages Rise Effective January 1st

As a reminder to Connecticut employers, Connecticut’s minimum wage has increased from $15.00 per hour to $15.69 per hour effective January 1st, 2024.

 The increase is tied back to Public Act 19-4 which had indexed minimum wage adjustments beginning on January 1, 2024 and annually thereafter to the percentage change as derived from the federal employment cost index for wages and salaries for all civilian workers, as calculated by the United States Department of Labor, over the twelve-month period ending on June thirtieth of the preceding year, rounded to the nearest whole cent.  Based upon this index and the calculations derived, the employment cost index increased 4.6% over that period, accounting for a $0.69 increase to the state’s minimum wage. 

 In Rhode Island, the minimum wage increased from $13.00 to $14.00 effective January 1st.  This increase is tied to Rhode Island General Law §28-12 which had been amended in 2021.  Unlike Connecticut, which has its indexing mechanism, Rhode Island’s adjustments are fixed with the next increase slated for January 1, 2025, when it will then rise to $15.00 per hour.

Employers should confirm that these adjustments have been made in their payroll systems as appropriate and ensure that their bulletin boards are also up to date.

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