Kentucky minimum wage in 2021: US$7.25 (effective July 1, 2009)
Kentucky minimum wage in 2020: US$7.25
Kentucky minimum wage in 2000: US$5.15 ($7.93 after inflation adjustment)
Kentucky minimum wage in 1980: US$2.15 ($7.20 after inflation adjustment)
She was one of the first in Kentucky and the nation to base her campaign on raising the minimum wage this cycle, because it celebrates the Kentucky value of rewarding hard work.
In addition to any Kentucky-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.
The bill would also allow cities and local governments in Kentucky to set their own minimum wages above the state minimum, which under current law is prohibited.
Because the Kentucky state minimum wage is the same as the federal wage, there are specific rules that apply under this minimum wage for employees in certain industries.
If you are a Kentucky employee and your employer fails to pay federal minimum wage, or does not pay the overtime rate for hours worked over 40 per workweek, you may be a victim of wage theft.
The bill also stated that if the federal minimum wage rate is more than the proposed Kentucky minimum wage rate, Kentucky would increase their minimum hourly wage to the federal minimum wage rate.
While there are no official plans for a Kentucky minimum wage increase, it is wise to be prepared for the future to ensure the financial health of your business.
In the state of Kentucky its minimum wage law does not contain current dollar minimums instead the state has adopted the federal minimum wage rate by reference.
The minimum wage applies to most employees in Kentucky, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.
For all the talk of raising the minimum wage, the fact is that low unemployment and a competitive labor market have already accomplished the task for the vast majority of Kentucky's workforce.
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