City of St. Louis Establishes Minimum Wage Rate

Beginning tomorrow October 15th, employers in the city of St. Louis must pay their minimum wage employees $8.25 per hour. As stated in the new ordinance (Bill 83), an employee must be paid the new rate if he or she worked 20 hours within a calendar year while physically present within the geographic boundaries of the City. A list of established minimum wage rates has been included under the ordinance. The scheduled minimum wage rate increases are as follows:

Rate                                Effective Date

$8.25 per hour                   Oct. 15, 2015

$9.00 per hour                   Jan. 1, 2016

$10.00 per hour                 Jan. 1, 2017

$11.00 per hour                 Jan. 1, 2018

Then, starting on January 1, 2019, and on each January 1 of each successive year thereafter, the minimum wage rate from the previous year must be adjusted based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) percent change. The City will be responsible for posting the new rate for the upcoming calendar year on its website.

Employers are responsible for posting a notice advising his or her employees of the current minimum wage rate and of their rights under the ordinance in a conspicuous place. Employers are also responsible for providing this notice with the employee’s first paycheck. Failure to comply with the law can result in a sentence of not more than 90 days in jail or a fine of not more than $500.00 per violation, or both.

The official Minimum Wage Law Notice is currently pending approval. Compliance Poster Company will continue to monitor the release of the notice, so make sure to visit our website soon for any updates!

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