As we get closer to the turn of the calendar to 2021, many laws and regulatory requirements will change along with the New Year. It is not too early to focus on the specific changes that will impact your business and, over the course of the remaining issues of Small Regular No Sugar! that publish this month, we’ll try to apprise you of as many of those changes as we can. First up, as is the case every year, is the minimum wage. State minimum wages will increase by varying amounts in each of the following 22 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (technically the New York minimum increases on 12/31/20), Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Washington. Four other states – Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Virginia – will see state minimum wages rise on different dates later in the year. In addition, a number of counties and cities across the country will also be implementing increasing in their own local minimum wages. And of course, New York applies a separate and higher minimum wage for fast food employees. We’ll continue to advise you of changes as best we can.