Employment Law Alert: Department of Labor Issues New Federal Minimum Wage Poster
As you may know, President Bush recently signed legislation that raises the federal minimum wage for the first time since 1997. Currently $5.15 per hour, the federal minimum wage increases to $5.85 per hour beginning July 24, 2007; to $6.55 per hour beginning July 24, 2008; and to $7.25 per hour beginning July 24, 2009.
California's minimum wage currently stands at $7.50 per hour, Oregon's at $7.80 per hour, and Washington's at $7.93 per hour. California's minimum wage increases to $8.00 per hour in 2008, and the Oregon and Washington rates are adjusted annually for inflation. Although the federal increase will have little effect on employers in states with a higher minimum wage, all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must display the newly-issued federal poster where employees can readily see it.
The federal poster is now available for download here: http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/posters/flsa.htm.
Contact your Stoel Rives Labor and Employment attorney if you have questions about this or other workplace posting requirements.