The Missouri minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour in 2011. Although Missouri statutes permit an annual adjustment of the minimum wage, a flat cost of living means there is no increase for the year. Due to a decrease in the regional Consumer Price Index for the year, there is no increase to the state minimum wage.
Each Missouri employer must prominently display employment law posters, including the state minimum wage.
The Missouri minimum wage applies to employers with $500,000 or more in annual revenue. It is the same as the federal minimum wage, which also applies to employees who engage in interstate commerce. A Missouri retail or service business, which does not engage in interstate commerce, and has annual revenue less than $500,000, is not covered by either law and can pay employees less than $7.25 per hour. Some agricultural workers are also exempt from the state statute.
Tipped employees in Missouri can be paid just $3.625 per hour. However, if the employee’s wages plus tips do not average $7.25 per hour over the payroll week, the employer must pay additional wages to bring the employee up to the minimum wage.
The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon recently issued an executive order that bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The order applies to state agencies and public schools but does not apply to private employers.
The same executive order also bans discrimination based on veteran status.
There is no federal law that bans discrimination against gay or lesbian workers in private industry. Several states have laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in all employment, including New York, California, New Jersey and Illinois. However, Missouri does not have any state law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Apparently the Governor felt that he needed to take the matter into his own hands, at least regarding discrimination against homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals by state agencies.
In the executive order, the governor alluded to the Declaration of Independence’s assertion that “all men are created equal” and strongly suggested that any law, regulation or judicial decision that permitted discrimination (more…)
A recent court ruling highlights the danger of employers claiming an employee was “laid off” when, in fact, the employee was terminated for another reason.
Historically, many employers have made the mistake of claiming that they were merely “laying off” a troublesome employee. However, with today’s prevalence of lawsuits for wrongful termination, that tactic can backfire.
In a recent case before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, a rental car company branch manager, Terri Wallace, was laid off 15 days after she complained that her supervisor was sexually harassing her.
Wallace dropped the sexual harassment suit before it reached the jury.
However, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to retaliate against an employee who files a sexual harassment complaint in good faith. In this case, “good faith” means without the intention of fraud.
In charge of making that change is the Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Director Todd Smith said that in August of 2008, the Department predicted an increase of 40 cents for 2009/
That prediction has become a reality. The Missouri minimum wage, pegged to the cost of living, went up precisely 40 cents on January 1, 2009, increasing from $6.65 to $7.05 an hour. According to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, last year’s increase was a mere 15 cents per hour. The much higher rise in the cost of living has driven the dramatic increase in the Missouri minimum wage rate.
Those businesses that earn less than a half-million dollars annually (more…)
The Missouri minimum wage increases by 40 cents, from $6.65 to $7.05 per hour on January 1, 2009. The increase is larger than in previous years due to the high rate of inflation for the previous 12 months.
By contrast, last year’s increase was just 15 cents per hour according the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Many pundits worry about the impact that such a large increase will have on smaller employers across the state. Especially when coupled with rising prices and declining sales, the 2009 Missouri minimum wage increase is a bitter pill for many employers to swallow.