OLGT 2018-89: Cross Programs: Increase to the Massachusetts Minimum Wage
Effective January 1, 2019, the Massachusetts minimum wage will increase from $11.00 per hour to $12.00 per hour.
Case managers should emphasize to TAFDC clients that:
their TAFDC benefits will not be affected by this increase;
if employed, this increase is a good opportunity to increase their hours, if they can;
if not working, remind them of the benefits of working.
The increase impacts all DTA programs, including all wage information and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) calculation for TAFDC and/or SNAP clients participating in a community service activity. The FLSA considers the amount of the client’s benefits in determining the community service requirement.
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