When Viewing Lists of Minimum Wages by State - Use Caution

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As a professional Caregiver – PAL, you should be aware of what the minimum wage laws are and how they apply to you. This is true whether you work as an independent or as an employee of an agency.

 

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The Federal minimum wage in general is currently $7.25 per hour:

Minimum Wage - Wage and Hour Division (WHD) - U.S. Department of Labor. The federal minimum wage provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Many states also have minimum wage laws.  - U.S. Department of Labor

Keep in mind that is the Federal law applying to minimum wages. Most states, and even some cities have laws that override the Federal law. When that is the case the higher wage will trump the Federal rate. “Where federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher standard applies.” – U.S. Department of Labor

Most of us will use the internet to get minimum wage information. However you should beware that some web sites that have “lists” published do not keep them current and are outdated or worse, downright deceptive.

Here is an example of one site we came across. It is a published list on a very prominent site:


Minimum Wage Error

This screen shot was taken on January of 2016. When clicking on Michigan it clearly lists the minimum wage for Michigan as $7.40 per hour. That is over $1.00 less then is current (75 cents less than a year ago)! The increase of Michigan’s minimum wage has been big news in the state.

Michigan's hourly minimum wage going up 35 cents - Michigan Public Radio

We at PAL Caregivers recommend using the Federal Department of Labor web site, which has a section devoted to a list of every states Current Minimum Wage Laws. It is easy to use and up to date.

As these laws apply to every Caregiver who is employed by an agency or an individual, it is important to understand them and keep up to date on them as they can change rather quickly.


Here is a link to the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division -
Minimum Wage Laws in the States - January 1, 2016

U.S. Minimum Wages
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