The Minimum Wage Increase of 2024: Impact on Businesses

3 June 2024

The minimum wage increase have arrived in 23 states in the US throughout Q1 2024, as part of previously scheduled efforts to reach $15 an hour or to account for cost-of-living changes. Some of the states with the highest minimum wage are Washington, D.C. ($17), Washington ($15.74), California ($15.50) and New York ($15)1. Many other several states have increased the minimum wage for 2024.

For business owners like you, this isn’t simple news. It’s a challenge. You have to make choices, difficult ones. Let’s break it down:

  • California: The minimum wage has increased to $16 per hour effective since January 1, 2024 for all employers, regardless of size2.
  • New Jersey: The minimum wage has increased to $15 per hour effective since January 1, 2024 for most employers.
  • New York: The minimum wage has increased to $16 per hour in New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester, and to $15 per hour in all other parts of the state effective since January 1, 2024.
  • Connecticut: The minimum wage increased to $15 halfway through 2023 and will continue to be adjusted annually based on the cost of living.
  • Hawaii and Illinois: The minimum wage has increased to $14 per hour effective January 1, 2024.
  • Maine: The minimum wage has increased to $15 per hour effective January 1, 2024.
  • Maryland: The minimum wage has increased to $15 per hour effective January 1, 2024.
  • Massachusetts: It was previously reported that the state would increase the minimum hourly wage, but this isn’t so. The wage remains as $15 per hour for 2024, despite a campaign advocating for $20 minimum hour wage.

Will Massachusetts increase its minimum wage in 2024?

Let us be clear. Massachusetts’ minimum wage will not be changing in 2024As of May, 2024, the minimum wage remains at $15 per hour12Although there is a campaign to hike the wage again to $20, there are no scheduled increases for 20241Meanwhile, neighboring Connecticut has surpassed Massachusetts, with its rate tied to inflation, increasing from $15 to $15.693. While Massachusetts maintains its current minimum wage, it’s essential to stay informed about any future developments or legislative changes.

Back to Minimum Wage and its impact on Small and Medium Businesses.

What happens when you crunch the numbers? You may find that absorbing the cost is not sustainable. It’s not just about paying employees more. There are indirect costs too. Unemployment insurance. Worker’s compensation. Both will go up as your payroll expands.

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The challenge for businesses

But it doesn’t stop there. Imagine you own a small or medium business. These types of businesses employ over 60% of minimum wage workers. Large corporations are buying these smaller companies. Why? Because it’s hard for smaller entities to compete with the new wages.

Think about it. Even if your city hasn’t raised the minimum wage yet, the city next door might have. Your employees could easily drive a few extra miles to earn more money. So, what happens? Your employee turnover climbs. Now you’re scrambling to hire new staff.

Here’s where it gets even more complicated. There are hidden costs. Marketing to find new staff. Training them. Time spent interviewing. These costs creep up and add to your expenses. Also, don’t forget your existing higher-paid employees. They will want raises too.

This isn’t just a burden on you. It also costs the state. Take California, for example. The decision to raise the minimum wage will cost the state $4 billion each year. Project this over a few years and it’s clear. It’s a snowball effect. And it’s rolling faster than our economy can manage. On the other hand, some small businesses may benefit from a higher minimum wage, as it could boost consumer spending, reduce employee turnover, and improve worker productivity and morale4.

Insurance companies are impacted just as much.

The minimum wage increases in 2024 have several implications for businesses and the insurance industry. Here are some of the main points:

These are some of the possible impacts of the minimum wage increase in 2024 on businesses and the insurance industry. For more information, you can check out some of these links:

The Search for Solutions

Faced with this complex issue, some companies have been looking for answers. Their top executives came together. They explored various avenues. Outsourcing seemed promising at first. But there’s a catch. It’s not practical for smaller operations. These contracts often require you to outsource hundreds of roles. Also, these deals are risky. Turnover rates are high. Work conditions and Legal Complexities abroad?

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The notion that outsourcing overseas is problematic. It’s a myth. Staff Boom employees are dedicated and effective. We have a growing team that has a lot of experience with insurance services. The challenges are real. But so are the solutions. And Staff Boom aims to be a viable, cost-effective answer for businesses like yours.

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