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Missouri Legislature Approves Minimum Wage Preemption Bill

As St. Louis native Yogi Berra famously remarked, “[i]t is not over until it’s over.” Yogi’s aphorism is certainly true with respect to the St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance.

St. Louis’s Minimum Wage Increases to $10 Per Hour on May 5

On May 4, 2017, the circuit court lifted the 2015 injunction on St. Louis’s minimum wage ordinance pursuant to the Supreme Court of Missouri’s mandate in Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401). As a result, all covered employers must immediately comply with the requirements of the ordinance, which include paying a minimum wage of $10.00 per hour to all employees working at least 20 hours per year within the geographic limits of the city of St. Louis. Additionally, employers are required to post notices advising employees of their rights under the ordinance and provide—with the first paycheck subject to the ordinance—such notice to all employees who perform at least 20 hours of work in the city within the calendar year.

After St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance Rises From the Dead, Legislature Moves to Strike It Back Down

A bill to preempt Missouri cities and towns from enacting local minimum wage ordinances is advancing quickly through the state legislature.

The St. Louis Minimum Wage: City’s Press Release Raises More Questions Than it Answers

In our recent blog post, “The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead,” we reviewed the implications of the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401) decision, which overturned a 2015 injunction that had enjoined St. Louis’s minimum wage ordinance. Late last Friday, the City of St. Louis issued a press release regarding the implementation of the ordinance increasing the city’s minimum wage rate. According to the press release, the City will wait to implement the ordinance until the circuit court officially lifts the injunction pursuant to the Supreme Court of Missouri’s mandate in Cooperative Home Care, Inc. This judicial act could come as early as March 15. Alternatively, the City speculates that it could take until the end of March for the judicial process to be completed.

Missouri Supreme Court Upholds St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance

In a surprise development, on February 28, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a minimum wage hike by the City of St. Louis. Cooperative Home Care, Inc., et al. v. City of St. Louis, Missouri. On August 28, 2015, St. Louis enacted a local ordinance providing for a four-tiered increase in the minimum wage for employees working within the boundaries of St. Louis. Under the ordinance, the hourly minimum wage rate was to increase to $8.25 on October 15, 2015; to $9 on January 1, 2016; to $10 on January 1, 2017; and to $11 on January 1, 2018.

The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead

On August 28, 2015, the City of St. Louis passed an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour by January 1, 2018. The ordinance initially increased the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour with an October 15, 2015 effective date and phased in the remaining increases over a three-year period. The minimum wage was scheduled to increase as follows:

St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance Valid, Missouri High Court Rules

A unanimous Missouri Supreme Court has upheld St. Louis City’s local minimum wage ordinance, reversing a trial court judgment that had enjoined and invalidated the ordinance in 2015. Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis, Missouri, No. SC95401 (Mo. Feb. 28, 2017).

St. Louis Minimum Wage Hike Struck Down at the 11th Hour

Hours before a St. Louis ordinance increasing the city’s minimum wage was set to take effect, St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Steven Ohmer struck down the ordinance. The ordinance, which was passed on August 28, with an effective date of October 15, would have increased the city’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour and created other obligations for St. Louis City employers. The new minimum wage rate was scheduled to increase each January 1, eventually reaching $11.00 per hour in 2018.

Quest for "Living Wage" Results in Minimum Wage Increases in Kansas City, Missouri

After months of heated debate, Kansas City, Missouri’s City Council voted to incrementally increase the minimum wage in Kansas City, Missouri over time from the current state-mandated $7.65 per hour to $13.00 per hour in 2020. The first incremental increase takes effect on August 24, 2015, and increases the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour—an $0.85 per hour increase. The scheduled increases, as outlined by Ordinance 150217, by date are as follows:

Local Minimum Wages Trend Rolls to Kansas City, Missouri

Blues, barbecue, baseball and now a base minimum wage all make their home in Kansas City, Missouri.

Missouri Minimum Wage Increases Effective January 1, 2015

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced an increase to Missouri’s minimum wage, effective January 1, 2015. Missouri’s minimum wage has now increased to $7.65 per hour. This 15-cent increase over the 2014 minimum wage of $7.50 per hour is based on an increase in the cost of living for Missourians using the previous year’s Consumer Price Index. While the Missouri minimum wage and overtime laws mostly mirror and incorporate the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations, the minimum wage rate is one of the few differences Missouri employers must know and follow.

Missouri Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Per Hour Effective January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Missouri minimum wage will increase from $7.50 to $7.65 per hour and from $3.75 to $3.825 per hour for tipped employees. Compensation for tipped employees must total at least $7.65 per hour when tips are calculated. The Missouri minimum wage law governs Missouri businesses except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000.

Missouri Raises Minimum Wage

On January 1, 2014, the Missouri minimum wage increased from $7.35 to $7.50 and from $3.68 to $3.75 for tipped employees.

New Interpretation of Missouri's Minimum Wage Poses Potential Liability for Employers.

Missouri's minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $6.50 per hour, but left unclear its effect on Missouri employers relying on "tip credits" to satisfy minimum wage obligations.