For companies to properly manage and correctly pay employees, they need to be aware of changes to basic compensation for employee time. Minimum wage laws induced increases to those rates in 13 different states at the beginning of 2014.
There are now 21 states, along with Washington, D.C., that have base wages higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, according to news source Cincinnati.com. There are also some cities and municipalities that have a pay rate higher than the federal standard, including San Francisco at $10.55 per hour, local news source KQED reported. Seattle suburb SeaTac - home of the area's major airport, which is a large employer - pays those workers $15 per hour, according to MSN.com.
The highest statewide wage is in Washington, which requires businesses to pay workers at least $9.32 an hour. State-based increases were concentrated in the West and Northeast where five states in each region boosted pay. In the Northeast, only two states have wages pegged to the federal standard: Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.
Employers that have businesses in multiple states or are in a state that raised base pay rates should use attendance tracking software that adapts to changing wages.
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Payroll services in one California city will soon be pushed to the brink. The minimum hourly wage in San Francisco will reach $10.24 starting January 1, 2012, which is significantly higher than the $7.25 federal minimum wage and the state's $8 minimum.
It can be easy to lose track of time on a job site. Workers are moving fast and trucks are delivering shipments of supplies. However, losing track of employees' time and attendance can become a costly mistake for contractors.
To be on the safe side, employers should pay their employees minimum wage for all of their time and attendance unless there are specific reasons not to.