Texas minimum wage in 2021: US$7.25
Texas minimum wage in 2020: US$7.25
Texas minimum wage in 2000: US$3.35 ($5.16 after inflation adjustment)
Texas minimum wage in 1980: US$1.40 ($4.69 after inflation adjustment)
Standard exemptions to the Texas Minimum Wage include domestic employees, farm and ranch workers, prison inmates, full time students, and certain seasonal recreation establishments.
The report shows that residents working minimum wage jobs in Texas would have to work 100 hours a week to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment and 121 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom rental.
In addition to any Texas-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.
All Texas employees working over 40 hours in a work week are entitled an overtime wage of at least 1.5 times their regular hourly pay rate - therefore, the overtime minimum wage in TX is.
From the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there is not a single county in Texas where a minimum wage worker can work 40 hours a week and comfortably afford a decent rental home.
Under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, special minimum wage rates are applicable to certain types of workers, which is in addition to any other minimum wage exceptions made by Texas Labor Laws.
Any employee aggrieved by a violation of the Texas minimum wage law may bring a civil action against the employer within two years of the date in which the unpaid wages were due and payable.
Two additional increases in the federal minimum wage followed, resulting in higher percentages and numbers of hourly paid Texas workers earning the federal minimum wage or less.
An employer that is not liable for payment of contributions to Texas’s unemployment compensation fund is exempt from the minimum wage law, except with respect to employment of a person in agriculture.
Employers are exempt from Texas’s minimum wage law with respect to employment in amusement or recreational establishments that do not operate for more than seven months in a calendar year.
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