January 14, 2019

Hartford HealthCare to implement $15 minimum wage

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
The front entrance to Hartford Hospital, Hartford HealthCare's flagship campus.

After months of consideration, Hartford HealthCare (HHC), Connecticut's second largest health system, announced plans Monday to raise its minimum hourly wage to $15 in March.

HHC on Monday afternoon said the wage hike will take effect March 31, benefiting over 2,400 of its 20,000 employees across the state.

"This important decision is a reflection of our respect for our staff and a product of our core value of integrity that calls us to 'do the right thing,' " said HHC CEO Elliot Joseph.

HHC's $15 wage mirrors the minimum pay requirement progressive Democrats are working to pass in this year's legislative session, in addition to other employer mandates including creating a paid family medical leave program for private employees.

Connecticut last increased its minimum wage from $8.70 to $10.10 over three years ending Jan. 2017. The state's $10.10 minimum wage is lower than nearly all New England states and New York.

Joseph on Monday cited the benefits of raising the health system's minimum wage, including links between "greater financial security and better health outcomes."

Officials said the wage hike is expected to increase employee retention, attract more applicants and improve employee satisfaction, among other benefits.

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