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State and Federal Minimum Wages

State and Federal Minimum Wages

By Jeanne Mejeur | Vol . 22, No. 6 | February 2014

NCSL NewsThe U.S. Congress last amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 2007, passing a three-step increase that raised the federal minimum wage to $7.25, where it has remained since 2009.

The FLSA establishes standards for hourly minimum wages, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor. In 2012, more than 75 million workers were paid on an hourly basis and of those, 3.6 million were minimum wage workers.

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