- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Workers in Massachusetts must now be paid a minimum wage of $10 an hour, up from the previous minimum of $9.

The wage increase takes effect Friday under legislation that was approved in 2014, and that also calls for another increase in 2017, to $11 an hour.

Also starting Friday, workers who earn tips of $20 or more a month must be paid at least $3.35 an hour, and along with their tips, their wage must total at least $10 an hour. If not, employers are required to make up the difference.

The state’s attorney general said the wage increase provides more security to workers, but that there’s still work to be done to fight poverty.

State officials said violations should be reported to the attorney general’s Fair Labor Division.

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