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e-Alert – Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Will Increase to $15 by 2023

By July 29, 2019July 31st, 2019No Comments


The current minimum wage in Connecticut is $10.10 per hour and will be incrementally increasing to $15 per hour by June 1, 2023.


Connecticut has adopted a schedule to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by 2023. The first wage increase will occur on October 1, 2019. The minimum wage will increase according to the following schedule:

Date of Increase     New Minimum Wage

October 1, 2019 – $11.00
September 1, 2020 – $12.00
August 1, 2021 – $13.00
July 1, 2022 – $14.00
June 1, 2023 – $15.00

Since the law implements these changes over the next five years, it includes a provision that allows the state to adjust the increase schedule during times of decreased economic productivity in the state.

The employer’s share of wages for bartenders and other tipped employees in the hotel and restaurant industries will remain unchanged at $6.38 for hotel and restaurant staff, and $8.23 for bartenders. However, employers will need to make up the difference if these employees’ tips, in combination with their wages, do not meet the increasing minimum wage rates for the state.

Next Steps for Employers

  • If your organization is affected by these changes, make sure your payroll is in compliance as of October 1, 2019.
  • If HR Knowledge processes your payroll, please inform your Client Account Manager (CAM) of any minimum wages that need to be adjusted accordingly.

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