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Employment Edge - Special Alert: New Federal Minimum Wage; Employers Must Post New Poster

July 09, 2007 | Alert

On May 25, 2007, President Bush signed into law legislation that will raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour.  The new law raises the federal minimum wage in 3 stages.  Starting on July 24, 2007, the new federal minimum wage will be  $5.85 per hour; starting on July 24, 2008, the federal minimum wage will be $6.55 per hour; and finally, on July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage will be to $7.25 per hour.

Employers that are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage requirements will need to post a new poster setting forth the new minimum wages.  A copy of a poster approved by the Department of Labor is available on the Department of Labor’s website. Employers must post the poster in a conspicuous place in all of their establishments.

Minnesota employers are also subject to the state’s minimum wage laws.  When state law provides a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum wage, employers must pay the higher wage.  Under Minnesota law, Minnesota employers that have annual sales of at least $625,000.00 or that do more than $625,000.00 in business must pay a minimum wage of $6.15 per hour.  For employers with sales or business of less than $625,000.00, the Minnesota minimum wage is $5.25 per hour.  A copy of the required poster regarding Minnesota’s minimum wage is available on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s website

If you have any questions regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act or required employment law postings, please contact Mark Mathison or another member of the Gray Plant Mooty Employment and Labor Law Practice Group.

This e-newsletter is a periodic publication of Gray Plant Mooty and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.  The contents are intended for general information purposes only, and you are urged to consult your lawyer concerning your own situation and any specific legal questions you may have.


This article is provided for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. You are urged to consult a lawyer concerning any specific legal questions you may have.

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