Georgia minimum wage in 2021: US$5.15 (effective January 1, 2001, Federal minimum wage of $7.25 applies)
Georgia minimum wage in 2020: US$5.15
Georgia minimum wage in 2000: US$3.25 ($5.01 after inflation adjustment)
Georgia minimum wage in 1980: US$1.25 ($4.19 after inflation adjustment)
Under FLSA, but has only paid you the Georgia minimum wage, you can make a claim for the difference and may even be eligible for additional compensation as damages.
The MP, Beka Natsvlishvili, is preparing a bill to introduce during the fall legislative session that would raise Georgia’s minimum wage (after taxes) to 400 lari.
In Georgia, an employee can file a private lawsuit if he or she is paid less than the minimum wage to recover past compensation, liquidated damages, attorney's fees and costs.
In addition to any Georgia-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.
He said the minimum wage is just the bottom rung of a ladder — only about 2 percent of Georgia workers earn the rate — so it should be accessible to as many people as possible.
A lower minimum wage can also be approved by the Georgia Commissioner of Labor in order to companies to employ disabled people who otherwise may have trouble finding a job.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce also issued a news released saying a minimum wage increase would set the state’s economy back just as it begins to rebound and expand following a recession.
But a minimum wage would run counter to Georgia’s strenuous efforts over the past two decades to support businesses by eliminating as many restrictions and regulations as possible.
There is no indication the Georgia legislature is planning to increase the state minimum wage, so it appears that the state’s minimum wage rate will remain at the federal level.
Because Georgia does not have state-specific laws regarding overtime and minimum wage, Georgia employers must follow federal wage and hour laws as established by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.).
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