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New Year and New Minimum Wage Increases – Is Your State on the List?

Is your business located in a state or municipality that increased the minimum wage on January? If so, you will want to reflect the change in your payroll software and related documents.

Here are the states that are increasing the minimum wage in 2018:

  1. Alaska: $9.84 (up from $9.80)
  2. Arizona: $10.50 (up from $10.00)
  3. California: $11.00 (up from $10.50)
  4. Colorado: $10.20 (up from $9.30)
  5. Florida: $8.25 (up from $8.10)
  6. Hawaii: $10.10 (up from $9.25)
  7. Maine: $10.00 (up from $9.00)
  8. Maryland: $10.10 (up from $9.25)
  9. Michigan: $9.25 (up from $8.90)
  10. Minnesota: $9.65 (up from $9.50)
  11. Missouri: $7.85 (up from $7.70)
  12. Montana: $8.30 (up from $8.15)
  13. New Jersey: $8.60 (up from $8.44)
  14. New York: $11.10 for most of the state, although in Long Island and Westchester Counties the rate is $10.00 (up from $9.70)
  15. Ohio: $8.30 (up from $8.15)
  16. Rhode Island: $10.10 (up from $9.60)
  17. Vermont: $10.50 (up from $10), and
  18. Washington: $11.50 (up from $11).

18.5  Washington DC’s minimum wage will also increase to $12.50, a one-dollar increase from the current $11.50 rate.

In addition to state minimum wage hikes many cities and municipalities will increase their minimum wage rate — (Note: Most increases will not take effect until July 1)

Employers in states like New York and California will have the challenge of keeping tracking of several different wage rates depending on where the employee is located.

You can find a detailed list of city and municipal increases here.

A new year is also a great time to review your recordkeeping. Using our list below, take a moment and make sure your recordkeeping is still in compliance.

We have provided a quick checklist of payroll-related record retention best practices to share with your staffers:

Keep 7 years:

Cancelled payroll checks

Cancelled checks for payroll taxes

Electronic payment records

Payroll journal

Time cards and daily time reports


Employment agreements

Payroll tax returns


Keep 3 years:

Internal payroll reports

Form I-9 (from date of termination)

Keep 2 years:

All payroll-related correspondence

Keep forever:

All IRS or DOL correspondence

Financial statements

General ledger

Form 5500

IRS or state adjustments


These tips should help you jump start your payroll commitments for the new year and ensure you remain compliant and stay up to date with your payroll.


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