Wisconsin minimum wage in 2021: US$7.25 (effective June 1, 2009)
Wisconsin minimum wage in 2020: US$7.25
Wisconsin minimum wage in 2000: US$5.15 ($7.93 after inflation adjustment)
Wisconsin minimum wage in 1980: US$3 ($10.05 after inflation adjustment)
Although local sick leave and minimum wage laws are preempted, employers in Wisconsin must still comply with a variety of employment laws relating to employee payroll and timekeeping.
When an employee is suffered or permitted to work hours that are not recorded and paid for, that employee’s right to the FLSA and Wisconsin minimum wage may be violated.
The Wisconsin Legislature is currently considering a bill that would provide for yearly increases to the state minimum wage rate in connection with the cost of inflation.
Where an employer deducts for meal periods of less than 30 minutes or does not allow employees to leave the premises for meal periods, FLSA and Wisconsin minimum wage violations may occur.
All Wisconsin 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 WI is.
The prevailing wage in Wisconsin describes the minimum wage assigned to construction workers for public works projects, as they are entitled to a higher minimum wage amount.
Although such employees are not exempt from Wisconsin’s minimum wage requirements, they are, with the exception of 16- and 17-year-olds, exempt from state overtime provisions.
That is because both the FLSA and Wisconsin law allow employers to pay tipped employees an hourly rate that is less than the minimum wage and to claim a portion of their tips as wages.
In addition to any Wisconsin-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.
Many Wisconsin workers make minimum wage — not enough to support families, or cover basic needs like food, health care, rent, and transportation, without relying on public assistance.
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