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Reminder: Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increases to $8.70 on Jan. 1

WETHERSFIELD, December 13, 2013 – Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase to $8.70 per hour as of January 1, 2014, State Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer reminds all state residents.  The current minimum wage is $8.25 an hour.  

“This increase to $8.70 is the first part of a two-year increase in the minimum wage,” Palmer explains.  “On January 1, 2015, in accordance with Public Act 13-117, Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase to $9.00.”  

Although the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25, Connecticut businesses must pay the state minimum wage, emphasizes Gary K. Pechie, Director of the agency’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards.   

Under section 31-60 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Public Act 13-117, the Connecticut minimum wage rate for service employees, specifically restaurant wait staff and bartenders, is determined by using a formula that takes tip deductions into account.  The rates can be found on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website at, or by contacting the Labor Department’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards 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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