By R. Joseph Leibovich
On July 24, the federal minimum wage increased from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour. This is the third increase in the past three years. Some states have minimum wages higher than that set by the federal government, and some have a lower minimum wage. Other states have no specific minimum wage law. In those cases where there are different minimum wages under state and federal law, employers must pay the higher rate. Tennessee has no state-specific minimum wage law. The United States Department of Labor has posted a map of the various states’ minimum wage laws here.
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