On July 24, 2009 the federal minimum wage rate is slated to rise from the present $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour.
The rate is established by the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $6.55 per hour effective July 24, 2008; and $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
Many states also have minimum wage laws. In cases where an employee is subject to both state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is generally entitled to the higher minimum wage. In all instances you are advised to consult with a business advisor prior to determine what rules apply to your company.
Update for Connecticut Employers
This just appeared in my email inbox from my friend Corrine Nadolny who represents Paychex in Connecticut:
Of course Connecticut’s minimum wage is higher $8.00 , waitress minimum wage is $5.52 and $7.12 for bartenders.
Hope all is well!
55 Capital Blvd., Suite 302
Rocky Hill, Ct 06067
Office (860)257-0677 Ext. 25012
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