Minimum Wage laws & HR compliance analysis

Minimum Wage: What you need to know

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour (29 USC 206).
You can find the federal and your state’s minimum wage rates and tip credit laws in the Minimum Wage Chart.
The FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees. Therefore, if a state has a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum wage, employers subject to the state minimum wage law are obligated to pay the higher rate to employees working in that state. Numerous states and localities have increased their minimum wage rates above that of the federal government. In addition, there are movements in many more states, counties, and cities to push for increases in the future. These movements will continue until the federal government increases the minimum wage rate to an amount that satisfies state and local governments.
A few states across the nation have enacted laws, prohibiting cities from enacting their own minimum wage rates that are higher than the state minimum wage rate. The most recent is Alabama, precluding a minimum wage rate in Birmingham that would have increased Birmingham’s rate above the state rate.
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On November 22, 2021, the Federal Department of Labor (DOL) announced publication of the final rule, “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors.” The DOL has finalized regulations to implement Executive Order (EO) 14026, which was signed by President Joe Biden on April 27, 2021. Contractors will see a significant increase in what they will be legally required to pay. Effective January 30, 2022, the EO requires agencies that issue contracts to incorporate the new minimum wage in all new contract solicitations, and by March 30, 2022, they must implement the new ...

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