- The Washington Times - Friday, July 24, 2009

Hotel maids, busboys and some of the country’s other lowest-paid workers will have their hourly wage increased Friday to $7.25.

“This well deserved increase will help workers better provide for their families in the face of today’s economic challenges,” said Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis. “I am especially pleased that the change will benefit working women, who make up two-thirds of minimum-wage earners.”

The 70-cents-an-hour increase will impact millions of workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act in 30 states that have no minimum wage or whose minimum is at or below the federal level.

The increase will give a full-time worker roughly $120 more a month, according to the federal government.

Workers in the District of Columbia will received $8.25 an hour because their minimum wage is required to be $1 more than the federal minimum.

The increase is the last of three under a 2007 law that set the minimum at $5.85 an hour that year, then at $6.55 in July 2008 and $7.25 in July 2009. The law also states overtime pay must be no less than one and 1/2 times the regular rate after 40 hours.

The 30 states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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