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December 29, 2016

Minimum wage rises to $11 per hour Sunday

The state minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour starting Jan. 1, according to Attorney General Maura Healey's office.

Massachusetts minimum wage workers will see a boost in their paychecks starting Sunday, when the state is scheduled to raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour.

The increase was signed into law in 2014, after both state legislative bodies passed the bill. The first increase, from $8 to $9 per hour, happened in early 2015, and minimum wage reached $10 per hour this year.

Tipped workers -- or those who receive more than $20 per month in tips -- also must be paid a minimum of $3.75 per hour, provided the employee receives at least $11 per hour with tips.

In fiscal year 2016, the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey recovered $3.8 million in restitution and penalties on behalf of working people in the commonwealth.

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