With the calendar turning to July yesterday, we want to be sure our subscribers take note of some of the changes that July brings. The minimum wage in three different states plus the District of Columbia increased as of July 1, 2021. New York isolates fast-food workers in particular and grants them special minimum wages. Outside of New York City (including the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester), the minimum wage for fast-food employees increased to $15 per hour on July 1. The Nevada minimum rose statewide yesterday as well to $ 8.75 for those workers offered health insurance benefits and to $9.75 for those not offered health by their employer. The state of Oregon uses a three-tiered system for setting minimum wages and those three tiers each saw an increase take effect yesterday. For non-urban counties, the minimum wage rose to $12.00 an hour; in Standard counties the wage increased to $12.75/hour, while in the Portland metro area, the minimum wage effective July 1 rose to $14 per hour. In the Nation’s Capital, the minimum wage as of yesterday became $15.20 per hour and for tipped employees, $5.05 per hour. Of course, there are also a host of local jurisdictions, especially in California, that also saw minimum wages increase on July 1 and you are advised to check with counsel or with local officials to ensure you are in compliance. And finally, be aware that the Connecticut minimum wage will increase to $13 per hour next month, effective August 1, 2021; while the Florida minimum will rise to $10 per hour on September 30, 2021