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Minnesota’s minimum-wage increases Aug. 1, first time in nearly a decade


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates rise up to $8 an hour beginning Aug. 1, 2014. It’s the state’s first wage increase in nearly a decade.

In the coming two years, the new law will move wage rates higher in August 2015 and again in August 2016 when the top rate goes to $9.50 an hour. In January 2018, the rate will be indexed to inflation based on economic conditions.

“Minnesotans who work full-time should be able to earn enough money to lift their families out of poverty and achieve the American Dream,” said Gov. Mark Dayton. “Raising the minimum wage will improve the lives of more than 325,000 hard-working Minnesotans. I thank the Legislature for recognizing the need to make work pay in Minnesota.”

“This is good news for Minnesota’s lowest-wage workers and will help them earn more to provide for their families,” said Ken Peterson, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).

To help employers understand the new requirements, DLI has created two new, easy-to-understand fact sheets; both are available at www.dli.mn.gov/MinWage.

As
of Aug. 1, 2014

•Large employers must pay at least $8 an hour when the employer’s annual gross revenues are $500,000 or more.

•Small employers must pay at least $6.50 an hour when the employer’s annual gross revenues are less than $500,000.

•The training wage rate, $6.50 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 20 years of age for the first 90 consecutive days of employment.

•The youth wage rate, at least $6.50 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 18 years of age who are not covered under federal law.

Other minimum-wage laws

•Minimum-wage rates apply to all hours worked, whether part time or full time.

•Employees must be paid at least the minimum-wage rate, no matter how they are paid.

•No employer may take a tip credit against wages in Minnesota.

•Examples of workers exempt from minimum-wage requirements include: bona fide executive, administrative or professional workers; babysitters; and volunteers of nonprofit organizations.

Free workplace poster

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Minimum wage increase will help families, communities

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL People earning a minimum wage are people we depend on to care of our children and our elderly and disabled family members, yet they do not make enough money to care for their own families. Some are working two ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 7.28.14

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week.” Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them poss ..... 
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Retail gasoline prices likely to drop over the next two weeks

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

If you’re seeing a pleasant decrease in the price at the pump you’re not imagining things. The U.S. average retail price of gasoline has fallen below $3.60/gal for the first time since April 10, 2014. Prices have been on an 18 consecutive day ..... 
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State gains 8,500 jobs in June

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota gained 8,500 jobs in June, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The second straight month of strong job growth brought net job gains in Minnesota to 1 ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 7.14.14

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Governor Dayton requests presidential disaster declaration

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Governor Mark Dayton requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding that began June 11. In a letter to President Obama, Governor Dayton described wi ..... 
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