Congressional Review Service Report: 2021 brings Minimum Wage Hikes in more than 50 States

Congressional Review Service | January 12, 2021

In excess of 20 states saw minimum wage increases as 2021 began, as indicated by a report by the Congressional Review Service (CRS).

In New York, for example, the statewide least expanded to $12.50 every hour on Dec. 31, per CRS. Cheap food employees outside of New York City saw an expansion to $14.50 every hour that day and will see an increment to $15 every hour starting July 1, 2021. Fast food workers situated in the city had their lowest wage permitted by law expanded to $15 every hour starting Dec. 31. New York is one of five expresses that likewise will turn out the lowest pay permitted by law increments not long from now, alongside Connecticut, Nevada, Oregon and Virginia.

Wages likewise expanded in 32 cities and counties close by Jan. 1, as indicated by a report by the National Employment Law Project. Twenty-seven of these areas pushed their essentials past $15 every hour. Eighteencities and counties will make extra increments later in the year, 13 of which will have least wages set above $15 every hour.


The infographic below pulls together some of the employee engagement statistics that we’ve found along the way. It is clear that employee engagement has a direct impact on service, sales, quality, safety, retention, profits and total shareholder returns.


The infographic below pulls together some of the employee engagement statistics that we’ve found along the way. It is clear that employee engagement has a direct impact on service, sales, quality, safety, retention, profits and total shareholder returns.

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Qualtrics | July 29, 2022

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LBMC | July 08, 2022

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