A revised Maryland labor law poster includes an increase in the Maryland minimum wage from $6.15 per hour to $6.55 per hour effective July 24, 2008.

The increase goes into effect because Maryland’s minimum wage is automatically replaced when the federal minimum wage increases to a rate that is higher than the state’s rate. The federal minimum wage also increased to $6.55 per hour on July 24.

The amount that Maryland employers are allowed to pay tipped employees increased from not less than $3.08 per hour to not less than $3.28 per hour on the revised Wage & Hour Fact Sheet.

In addition, new categories of race and gender were added to the records that employers must keep for three years.

In the Employment of Minors poster, information has been added stating that applications for work permits, which are required for all minors under 18 years of age, can now be obtained online.

Information has been deleted from the Maryland labor law poster regarding the issuance of work permits by the Ocean City Police Department and some government sponsored jobs programs.