June 16 marked federal minimum wage’s longest period without an increase
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

June 16 marked federal minimum wage’s longest period without an increase

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute, June 16 marked the longest period in history without an increase in the federal minimum wage. The last time Congress passed an increase was in May 2007, when it legislated that the minimum wage be raised to $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009.

Since the minimum wage was first established in 1938, Congress has never let it go unchanged for so long. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has a chart showing increases from 1938 through 2009.

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