As we get closer to the turn of the calendar and welcoming 2018, it becomes increasingly important to be aware of the changes in minimum wage mandates scheduled across the country. Toward that end, we want to advise our subscribers of the following increases which will become effective at the end of this month – on January 1, 2018. 16 States will increase their state minimum as of the New Year holiday. They are: Maine $10; Vermont $10.50; Rhode Island $10.10; New York $10.40; New Jersey $8.60; Ohio $8.30, Michigan $9.25; Minnesota $9.65; Missouri $7.85; South Dakota $8.85; Montana $8.30; Colorado $10.20; Arizona $10.50, Washington State $11.50; California $11.00; & Hawaii $10.10 In addition, Maryland & Oregon along with the District of Columbia increases are effective July 1, 2018 Forewarned is forearmed!