When both the federal and Arkansas minimum wage apply to an employee, the employee is entitled to protection under whichever confers the greater benefit. In this case, an employee covered by both the Arkansas and federal minimum wage is entitled to the higher federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The federal minimum wage does not cover every Arkansas employee. The federal minimum wage and overtime law is the FLSA or Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA applies to every employee of a business with $500,000 or more in annual revenue.
In addition, individual employees (more…)
On July 24, 2009 the Pennsylvania minimum wage increased by 10 cents, from $7.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour.
Many employers wonder why all the fuss about such a small amount of money. However, under state law the Pennsylvania minimum wage cannot be less than the federal minimum wage. When the federal rate increases by 70 cents from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour later this month, by statute, the Pennsylvania minimum wage must increase, as well.
The last increase to the Pennsylvania minimum wage was to $7.15 per hour on January 1, 2007.
Each time the federal or Pennsylvania minimum wage increases, employers must display updated labor law posters.
Both the Pennsylvania minimum wage and the federal minimum wage increased in 2007 from $5.15 to $5.85 and again in 2008 from $5.85 to $6.55.
The Pennsylvania minimum wage for tipped employees remains at $2.83 per hour. However, if the employee does not average $4.42 per hour in tips over the payroll period, the employer must pay the difference.
The new federal minimum wage essentially eliminates the Pennsylvania training wage. Under state law, an employee under the age of 20 could be paid a lower “training wage” equal to the federal minimum wage during the first 60 days of employment. However, under the current law, the federal and state minimum wage are the same and employers must pay the minimum wage from the first day of employment.
Though this increase may create hardship for employers in this struggling economy, 2009 is the last scheduled increase for the federal minimum rate. At this time, no increase is scheduled for 2010.
Pennsylvania state minimum wage covers the smaller employers. The Pennsylvania minimum wage law is enforced by the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance, a part of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The remaining companies are covered by the (more…)
The overwhelming majority of Alabama employers were affected by the federal minimum wage increase in July, 2009.
On July 24, 2009 the federal minimum wage increased by 70 cents from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour.
This is not the first increase for Alabama employers. The federal minimum wage increased from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour in 2007 and from $5.85 to $6.55 in 2008.
At present, the federal minimum wage in not scheduled to increase again in 2010. This could be good new for employers which are facing hard times in the current struggling economy.
Alabama is one of five states that have no minimum wage at the state level. Others include Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.
In addition, effective July 24, 2009 there are 8 states that have a minimum wage lower than the federal rate. They are Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alaska and Delaware.
In just two years, Alaska has gone from having one of the highest state minimum wages to having one of the lowest rates.
Seventeen other states increased the state minimum wage to match the federal minimum wage increase on July 24, 2009. They are: Florida, Missouri, Montana, (more…)
The federal minimum wage increased by 70 cents from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009.
This increase affects employers differently, depending upon which state the employer is in. By law, when an employee is covered by both the state and federal minimum wage, the employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage.
When the federal minimum wage changes and/or when a state’s minimum wage changes, employers must display updated labor law posters for all employees. Updated posters are available now at www.laborlawcenter.com.
This is the second minimum wage increase in a year – in the middle of a recession – for beleaguered Montana employers. On January 1, 2009 the state minimum wage increased by 35 cents from $6.55 to $6.90 per hour. Now, less than 8 months later, it is slated to increase again.
Both the January and July Montana minimum wage increases were (more…)