Connecticut’s $15 minimum wage bill awaits Governor's signature
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Connecticut’s $15 minimum wage bill awaits Governor's signature

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The bill provides gradual increases until the current $10.10 state minimum wage reaches $15.00 in 2023.

On May 16, the Connecticut General Assembly finalized legislation under which the minimum wage in the state will gradually increase to $15.00 an hour in 2023. The Senate approved the bill, H.B. 5004, by a vote of 21-14. Previously, on May 9, the House gave it a green light with an 85-59 ballot. It is headed to the desk of Governor Ned Lamont—who has already expressed his enthusiasm for the measure—for signature.

Gradual increases. The bill increases the current $10.10 state minimum wage until it reaches $15.00 an hour under the following schedule: $11.00 on October 1, 2019; $12.00 on September 1, 2020; $13.00 on August 1, 2021; $14.00 on July 1, 2022; and $15.00 on June 1, 2023.

Beginning January 1, 2024, the minimum wage will be indexed to the employment cost index calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Moving the dial. According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), once the bill is signed by Governor Lamont, Connecticut will become the seventh state (the fourth this year) to adopt the $15 minimum wage. With the addition of Connecticut, nearly a full third, or 30.6 percent, of the U.S. workforce is now on a path to a $15 minimum wage, NELP said.

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