Utah minimum wage in 2021: US$7.25
Utah minimum wage in 2020: US$7.25
Utah minimum wage in 2000: US$5.15 (US$7.93 after inflation adjustment)
Utah minimum wage in 1980: US$2.35-US$2.60
Utah minimum wage laws authorizes the Utah Labor Commission to establish a wage rate for learners not to exceed the first 160 hours of employment that is less than the standard minimum wage.
Additionally, the effect of raising Utah’s minimum wage would likely not increase the state’s unemployment in any significant way but would increase the money put back into the economy.
Utah minimum wage laws allow employers to pay apprentices a subminimum wage that is less than the standard minimum wage, because Utah exempts registered apprentices from its minimum wage requirements.
Thus, because most employees in Utah are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the provisions of Utah’s minimum wage law do not apply to most employee working in Utah.
Hemmert said Utah would eventually adapt to a minimum wage increase, but most likely it would be met with negative responses and small businesses in particular would struggle.
Restaurants, which fit within the leisure and hospitality industry, employ the largest number of minimum wage workers in Utah, followed by retail trade, and education and health services.
Gochnour says for the last two years, maybe further, various state legislators have tried to raise the minimum wage in Utah, but the measures didn’t receive much traction.
Though it failed, considering the pressure of wage increases across the country and the competition from Amazon, it’s possible a bill to raise the Utah minimum wage will be proposed again.
In addition to any Utah-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.
Many people feel it is unrealistic to more than double the Utah minimum wage within 7 years, so it may be some time before workers in Utah see an increase in their pay.
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