New year, new minimum wage

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Both of these laws will take full effect on January 1, 2023, when the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour and time-and-a-half pay, or "Sunday premium pay", is completely phased out.

The hourly minimum wage for OH workers is set to go up by 25 cents for 2019.

But the change won't affect many workers in Central Florida who already earn more than that, and wages are scheduled to go even higher in the years ahead.

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Recent years have brought significant gains across the country for the Fight for 15 movement, which was started by fast-food employees who walked off the job in NY in 2012.

Meanwhile, those hiring fewer than 11 workers are allowed to raise minimum hourly wages first to 13.5 dollars by the end of 2018, and then to gradually build up the lowest hourly pay to 15 dollars until December 31, 2019. In addition to Missouri and Arkansas, states including California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Colorado, Washington and ME are seeing minimum wage increases as the result of past ballot legislation.

The federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. If the total hourly rate for the employee including tips does not equal $12 at the end of the shift, the employer must make up the difference.

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In a statement its Director General, Mr. Timothy Olawale, NECA said: "Globally, there is a recognized and acceptable process of setting a National Minimum Wage as enshrined in the International Labour Organisation, ILO, Convention 131". The report also predicted that the $15 rate would save taxpayers $200 to $500 million a year in food stamp and Medicaid spending.

The National Employment Law Project wage protests were expected at the federal and state levels over the next two years.

If your employer doesn't pay the minimum wage, you can either file a wage claim or file a lawsuit in court against your employer to recover the lost wages.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo also launched a Wage Theft Hotline to report employers not complying with the increase.