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Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increases to $8.00 on Jan. 1, 2009

For immediate release
December 11, 2008

WETHERSFIELD,  Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase to $8.00 per hour as of January 1, 2009, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reminds all state residents.  The current minimum wage rate is $7.65 an hour.

"This increase to $8.00 is the first part of a two-year increase in the minimum wage,” Mayfield explains. “On Jan. 1, 2010, Connecticut’s minimum wage will, in accordance with Public Act 08-92, increase to $8.25.”

Although the federal minimum wage is currently $6.55, Gary K. Pechie, Director of the agency’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards, emphasizes that all Connecticut businesses must pay the state’s minimum wage.

Under section 31-60 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Public Act 08-113, the Connecticut minimum wage rates for service employees, specifically, restaurant waitpersons or bartenders, are determined by using a formula that takes tip deductions into account. These rates can be found on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Web site at or by contacting the Labor Department’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards Division at
(860) 263-6790.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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