Like several other states in the U. S., Oklahoma ties its minimum wage to the federal minimum. Therefore, when the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009, Oklahoma’ s minimum wage will increase, too.
According to state law, the Oklahoma minimum wage increases when the federal minimum wage does. The Oklahoma statute doesn’t even contain a dollar amount, merely that the state adopts the federal minimum.
The Oklahoma minimum wage applies to companies with 10 or more employees at a single location.
In addition, according to the Oklahoma Department of Labor, the Oklahoma minimum wage applies to all employers with annual earnings over $100,000, regardless of the number of workers employed.
There are exceptions to the Oklahoma minimum wage law. For instance, employees in domestic service in private homes and volunteers in charitable and non-profit organizations are exempt. Others exempt from minimum wage include students under the age of 22, agricultural workers, newspaper carriers or vendors and feed store employees.
As with the federal minimum wage laws, salaried managers, most executives, outside salespeople and professional employees are exempt from Oklahoma state minimum law. For part-time employees, the exception applies only to those who work fewer than 25 hours per week.
In a little known exception to the Oklahoma state minimum wage law, employers with earnings less than $100,000 and fewer than 10 workers are legally permitted to pay employees as little as $2.00 per hour. Every worker over 18 years of age, however, must be paid at least $2.00 per hour.
Also excluded from the state minimum wage law are all employers who are covered by FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), which is the main federal minimum wage law. Under FLSA, employers earning at least $500,000 per year, or engage in interstate commerce fall under the federal minimum wage laws.
Overtime pay isn’t addressed by any Oklahoma state law. Instead, employees are covered under FLSA. This federal law mandates employees be paid 1.5 times the usual hourly rate when they work over 40 hours in one workweek.
Michigan Posters that outline the pertinent labor and employments laws must be posted in the state’s workplace. It is the employer’s responsibility to make sure that these posters are both posted and up-to-date – especially since labor laws can change frequently (sometimes even yearly). Good places to post this information are those areas where employees tend to gather before, during or after work such as the employee break room, mail room or work room.
The information on the Michigan posters is quite important to both employees and employers. First of all, employees need the posters so that they have access to the laws that dictate their rights and responsibilities when it comes to labor and employment laws pertaining to them. Secondly, employees can also refer to the posters if they need to make a complaint or file a grievance – the posters give the information for both state and federal agencies that handle violations of these laws. Employers also benefit from the Michigan posters because they serve as a reference point so that they know if their company policies uphold the law in terms of their employees’ rights. They can also check the information on the posters if they have questions about specific laws such as how many hours minors are allowed to work during the school year and what exactly they need to provide in terms of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
As with the posters of other states, Michigan posters need to have both state and federal laws. The state laws that all employers should have posted are those that give information about OSHA, wage deviation, discrimination, unemployment insurance, overtime compensation, minimum wage, child labor and workers’ compensation. The federal laws that should be posted are USERRA – Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law, Federal Minimum Wage, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and OSHA – Job Safety and Health Protection.