Georgia Minimum Wage laws & HR compliance analysis

Georgia Minimum Wage: What you need to know

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The following are exempt from the state minimum wage law (GA Code Sec. 34-4-3):
• Employers with annual sales of $40,000 or less
• Employers with five or fewer employees
• Farm owners, sharecroppers, or land renters
• Domestic employees
• Tipped employees
• Newspaper carriers
• High school or college students
• Residents of a nonprofit child-caring institution, or long-term care facility serving children or mentally disabled adults who receive board and lodging from such institution, and are paid cash wages totaling at least $10,000 per year.
The state labor commissioner is authorized to grant exemptions to certain categories of businesses to permit employers to pay workers with disabilities and other eligible employees at a rate below the minimum, but the employer must obtain the authorization from the commissioner before hiring anyone at less than the minimum (GA Code Sec. 34-4-4).
Employers that have at least one employee who is covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must post a notice outlining the federal minimum wage requirements. This notice is available on the federal Wage and Hour Division's website at http://www.dol.gov/whd. or by contacting:
U.S. Department of Labor
61 Forsyth Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30303
866-487-9243 (toll-free)

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