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[Excerpt] This report begins with a brief discussion of FLSA minimum wage coverage. It then provides a summary of state minimum wage laws, followed by an examination of rates and mechanisms of adjustments in states with minimum wage levels above the FLSA rate (Table 1 provides summary data). Next, the report discusses the interaction of federal and state minimum wages over time, and finally, the Appendix provides detailed information on the major components of minimum wage policies in all 50 states and DC.

It is important to note that the state policies covered in this report include currently effective policies and policies enacted with an effective date at some point in 2016. While most states’ scheduled state minimum wage rate changes (due to inflation adjustments or statutorily scheduled changes) occurred on January 1, 2016, four states have rate increases scheduled for later in 2016. Effective dates of rate increases are noted in Table 1 and in the Appendix.


Suggested Citation
Bradley, D. H. (2016). State minimum wages: An overview (CRS Report R43792). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.

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