APA Comments on Proposed Increase to Federal Minimum Wage
The APA Government Relations Task Force Subcommittee on Federal Issues asked congressional leaders to adopt a phased approach if and when the federal minimum wage is increased. A phased approach will allow payroll managers and their employers time to update their systems and implement the changes.
The APA did not take a position on the amount of the federal minimum wage and, instead, focused on payroll impacts. Payroll professionals will need time to:
- Determine whether the federal minimum wage or a higher state or local minimum wage applies
- Assess which employees’ wages must be increased
- Make any necessary adjustments to employee benefits, such as retirement plan contributions
- Consider the effects on employer operations
- Adjust employment tax withholding
- Communicate with appropriate team members about the new minimum wages and employer-implementing measures
In addition, the APA requested that the phased increases occur on January 1 each year to coincide with changes made at the state and local levels and to accommodate payroll processes.
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Alice P. Jacobsohn, Esq. is Director of Government Relations for the APA.