Kansas minimum wage in 2021: US$7.25 (effective July 1, 2009)
Kansas minimum wage in 2020: US$7.25
Kansas minimum wage in 2000: US$2.65 ($4.08 after inflation adjustment)
Kansas minimum wage in 1980: US$1.60 ($5.36 after inflation adjustment)
The minimum wage in Kansas could more than double in the next two years if a new bill passes in the legislature and receives the governor's signature.
Ward says he'd be happy to negotiate with any of his colleagues, but ultimately believes the bill to raise Kansas' minimum wage will pass.
In addition to any Kansas-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.
For complete information about minimum wage requirements and exemptions, employers should contact the Kansas Department of Labor.
The decision to increase the minimum wage for health system employees in the Kansas City Division was based on a comprehensive review of salary data, cost of living expense and other factors.
In Kansas, employers are prohibited from refusing to pay their employees below minimum wage, as well as from withholding earned wages.
Ward is vocal about the issue on social media He says right now, 29 states have a higher minimum wage than Kansas, including Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado.
Democrats have long fought for an increase in the state minimum wage, but had been stymied by the Kansas Chamber and Republicans, who control the Legislature.
Cities, counties and local governments in Kansas aren’t permitted to pass laws requiring a minimum wage rate that’s higher than the state rate.
However, that’s not possible in Kansas because Kansas has a law that makes it illegal for any city to pay a higher minimum wage than the state has set.
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