Montana Minimum Wage laws & HR compliance analysis

Montana Minimum Wage: What you need to know

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Several occupations and industries are exempt from Montana's minimum wage provisions, including:
• Farmworkers
• Persons who voluntarily offer their services to a nonprofit organization on a fully or partially reimbursed basis
• Apprentices or learners exempted by the commissioner for not more than 30 working days
• Learners under the age of 18 who are employed as farmworkers; for the first 180 days of employment, wages paid the learners may not be less than 50 percent of the minimum wage
• Employees in domestic service to provide companionship services for individuals who, because of age or infirmity, are unable to care for themselves
• Members of the employer's immediate family
• Students in certain accredited educational programs
• Certain agricultural workers
• Federal workers
• Resident managers of lodging or personal care facilities
• Retired people performing part-time farm work as a condition of residence
• Persons performing menial tasks in private homes and those employed by the head of the household to care for children
• Bona fide administrative, executive, and professional employees, and certain outside salespersons
This is only a partial listing of excluded vocations. The complete list can be found at MT Code Sec. 39-3-406 or on the Montana Department of Labor and Industry's website at http://erd.dli.mt.gov.
Employers may apply a credit toward an employee's hourly wage for the reasonable cost of lodging or other facilities furnished by the employer. Employers may not apply the cost of meals against an employee's wage.
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