Hawaii's legislators have passed a minimum wage increase, the first in the state since 2007. The new law raises the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. The law is scheduled to be phased in over four years, according to Time.
The law was a response to higher living costs in Hawaii, as well as general increased support for low-wage workers. Hawaii’s current minimum wage law is the same as the federal law, which several states also follow.
Hawaii, however, is the third state to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 this year, following Connecticut and Maryland. As MSNBC notes, President Obama has voiced support for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 at the federal level, but has failed to push the legislation through the House of Representatives.
Hawaii’s legislation differs from Maryland and Connecticut’s recently-passed laws in regards to the way it governs tipped employees. The law would prevent employers from dipping below the $10.10 minimum base if an employee makes less than $17.10 with tips. Above the $17.10 mark, employers can reduce base pay by $0.75.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign the bill into law.