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New year, new minimum-wage rate as of Jan. 1, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2019, to $9.86 an hour for large employers and $8.04 an hour for other state minimum wages. An estimated 219,000 hourly workers in Minnesota (not including jobs in Minneapolis) will earn the $9.86 or $8.04 state minimum-wage rates.

"This is great news for Minnesota's lowest-wage workers and will help them keep up with inflation to better provide for themselves and their families," said Ken Peterson, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. "But more needs to be done so all Minnesotans can earn their way to economic security."

As of Jan. 1, 2019:

• Large employers must pay at least $9.86 an hour when the employer's annual gross revenues are $500,000 or more.

• Small employers must pay at least $8.04 an hour when the employer's annual gross revenues are less than $500,000.

• The training wage rate, at least $8.04 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 20 years of age for the first 90 consecutive days of employment.

• The youth wage rate, at least $8.04 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 18 years of age.

These state minimum-wage rates will not apply to work performed in the city of Minneapolis, which has higher minimum-wage rates.

Workplace poster

Minnesota law requires employers to display some state-mandated posters (www.dli.mn.gov/about-department/workplace-posters) in a location where employees can easily see them. The posters are available at no cost and need to be updated only when Minnesota law changes.

 

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