State minimum wage increases to $8.67 for 2011

January 1, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2011

The state minimum wage increases 12 cents to $8.67 per hour for 2011.

The minimum wage applies to workers in agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, though 14- and 15-year-old employees may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.37 per hour.

The state Department of Labor & Industries adjusts the minimum wage each year in September as required by Initiative 688.

The initiative requires the state to adjust the minimum wage to correspond to the change in the federal Consumer Price Index — a national index covering the cost of goods and services needed for everyday living. The index rose 1.4 percent during the 12 months ending Aug. 31, 2010.

Evergreen State voters approved the Initiative 688 in 1998.

The state no longer publishes a separate poster listing the updated minimum wage in order to cut costs.

Employers must still publish the “Your Rights as a Worker” poster. The poster includes information about the minimum wage and other workplace issues.

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