BOSTON, Mass.—Governor Deval Patrick joined legislators Thursday to sign a landmark bill that will gradually raise minimum wage.
The landmark bill will raise minimum wage to $11 over three years, along with lower unemployment insurance costs for employers across the state, and strengthen safety protections for workers and makes permanent multi-agency task force charged with combatting the underground economy.
“Raising the minimum wage brings a little relief to the working poor, many of whom do jobs we could not live without and who recycle money right back into the economy,” said Governor Patrick.
“A 38 percent pay raise means a lot to low-wage workers who may have to work several jobs just to put food on the table,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian.
The bill will also give both workers and employers continued protections from businesses that misclassify workers and abuse wage and hour laws creating unfair competition for employers who play by the rules by codifying the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF).