Iowa minimum wage in 2021: US$7.25 (effective January 1, 2008)
Iowa minimum wage in 2020: US$7.25
Iowa minimum wage in 2000: US$5.15 ($7.93 after inflation adjustment)
Iowa minimum wage in 1980: No state minimum wage
Iowa minimum wage laws do not allow employers to pay employees with disabilities a subminimum wage rate lower than the standard minimum wage.
Minimum wage increases took effect Wednesday in 24 states and 48 cities across the country -- including Iowa's neighboring states of Minnesota, Illinois, South Dakota and Missouri.
The appropriations provision on Iowa casino workers strips such employees from receiving the federal minimum wage should it increase, though HR 603 has stalled in the US House of Representatives.
Lawmakers in Iowa have passed an appropriations measure that overhauls minimum wage requirements for workers at the state’s 19 commercial casinos.
In addition to any Iowa-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.
If the appropriations measure had not passed the Iowa Legislature, casino workers would be entitled to 125 percent of the federal minimum wage.
Inaction by Congress and state legislatures has led many cities and counties to adopt a local minimum wage, including Johnson County in Iowa.
Our firm has particular expertise in handling minimum wage cases on behalf of tipped workers who are not being treated properly under Iowa and federal wage law.
George Migliero, owner of G-Migs in Valley Junction, said while he supports raising Iowa's minimum wage, the job market is so competitive that wages are going up on their own.
Peter Orazem, another economics professor at Iowa State, said retail workers, servers and those in the hospitality industry will see the most impact if the minimum wage is increased.
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