On July 24, 2009, the South Dakota minimum wage will increase from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour. When the federal minimum increases, over a dozen states will increase their minimum wage to match the federal.
The South Dakota minimum wage increase mirrors the federal minimum wage increase.
The majority of the employers in the United States are covered by the federal minimum wage law, the FLSA or Fair Labor Standards Act. That law covers employers who earn $500,000 or more annually, and companies that engage in interstate commerce.
The law also applies to individual employees who engage in interstate commerce. For example, a receptionist who answers out-of-state phone calls is considered to be engaged in interstate commerce and would be covered by the federal minimum wage. (more…)
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to employers who engage in interstate commerce, or who earn at least $500,000 per year. FLSA may also individual workers who are engaged in interstate commerce, even when the federal law does not apply to the entire business.
Federal, state and local government agencies are covered under FLSA, as are schools, hospitals and health care facilities. The U. S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, www.dol.gov, enforces the FLSA.
In this struggling economy, an increase in the minimum wage could be a hardship to employers. The increase in 2009 is the last scheduled increase for at least a year. At present there is no federal minimum wage increase scheduled for 2010.
Many employers in Nebraska are covered by the FLSA. Those that do not fall under federal jurisdiction are covered by the Nebraska state minimum wage laws.
By law, the District of Columbia minimum wage must be at least $1.00 more than the federal minimum wage. On July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage will increase from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour.
When the federal minimum increases, the minimum in several states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, North Dakota and Virginia will increase, too. These states tie their minimum wage laws to the federal minimum wage. The District of Columbia will see an increase in its minimum wage, too. While Texas, Utah, etc. match the federal minimum.
That means that in July 2009, the D.C. minimum wage will jump to $8.25 per hour.
Business owners in Washington, D. C. are not happy with this increase. They feel it puts them at a disadvantage with competitors in neighboring Virginia and Maryland. Both of these states adjust their minimum wage to the level of the federal minimum, so will pay $7.25 per hour as compared to $8.25 per hour in D. C.
Despite these objections, Mayor Anthony A. Williams signed (more…)
Therefore, on July 24, 2009, when the federal minimum increases to $7.25 per hour, the Texas state minimum will also increase to $7.25 per hour. Texas is one of 12 states, including Maryland, Idaho, North Dakota and Virginia, which ties its minimum to the federal minimum wage.
Under Texas minimum wage law, any employee covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is excluded from Texas minimum wage. The FLSA is the main federal minimum wage law and covers employers that engage in interstate commerce and those with annual earnings of $500,000 or more.
If passed, the bill would require most employers to provide up to 7 paid sick days per year to employees.
The mandatory sick leave law would apply to employers that have 15 or more full-time workers (or the equivalent) for at least 20 weeks of the year.
The bill would require that workers earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, beginning on the day the worker is hired. Employees would be eligible to use paid sick leave after 60 days.