Delaware Business Times: Delaware minimum wage rises to $11.75

By Jacob Owens
Delaware Business Times, January 3, 2023

With the start of the new year, Delaware quietly continued its march toward a $15 minimum wage with an increase of $1.25 an hour. ...

The bill spurred a contentious debate ... But others, including business owners, said the increase will help attract workers to Delaware with the promise of higher wages, therefore decreasing turnover and allowing Delaware to remain competitive with surrounding states.

Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, an advocacy group, pushed for the hike and organized some local small business owners to push its message here. They included Canalside Inn owner Kristen Deptula who said she has paid her employees $15 an hour since buying her Rehoboth Beach hotel in 2019.

“As a hospitality business, customer service is a top priority. We know that creating a good environment for our guests starts with creating a good workplace for our employees. Delaware’s minimum wage increase will bolster our state workforce and boost the economy,” she said in a recent statement marking the annual wage increase.

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