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Texas Minimum Wage Increase

The Texas Minimum Wage Act, Chapter 62 of the Texas Labor Code, as amended, establishes a minimum wage for non-exempt employees. The current provisions of the Texas Minimum Wage Act are found in Chapter 62 of the Texas Labor Code. Texas adopts the federal minimum wage rate by reference, thus any changes affecting the federal minimum wage automatically becomes the Texas minimum wage for all intended purposes. Based on federal legislation, the federal minimum wage has increased effective, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Based on federal legislation, the federal minimum wage will increase in three stages:

  1. Effective July 24, 2007, the federal minimum wage will increase to $5.85 an hour,
  2. Effective July 24, 2008, the federal minimum wage will increase to $6.55 an hour; and
  3. Effective July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25 an hour.
Additional information can be found on the Texas Department of Labor’s website at http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/posters/flsa.htm