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Old 03-02-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: The mid south, in dullsville... *sigh* =(
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I have a few questions regarding minimum wage law. Please help.

1) How much is the minimum wage for the State of Louisiana?

2) How much is the minimum wage for the city of New Orleans?

3) How much is the federal minimum wage (now and when they plan to raise it again in 1 or 2 years)?

Ok, now let's say that a private business decides to hire a new employee and pay them minimum wage. Which minimum wage law would that business follow to stay legal (Federal, state, or city)? Would it depend on the state that the business resides in?

Thank you for your help,

G'z One
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Here's a link to the DOL: The Constitution Series.

According to the DOL, Louisiana does not have a minimum wage law.

As to whether the minimum wage will increase, I would expect so, now that there is a Democrat president.
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: The mid south, in dullsville... *sigh* =(
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Ok, I was going to ask the following:

"So does that mean private businesses in Louisiana have to follow the federal minimum wage when paying employees minimum wage?"

However, I found the following at "The United States Department of labor" website ( http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/flsa/ ):

"The federal minimum wage is $6.55 per hour effective July 24, 2008; and $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Many states also have minimum wage laws. In cases where an employee is subject to both state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage."

Therefore, I assume that means that businesses in LA have to follow the $6.55 per hour minimum wage law. However, if I'm wrong, then please let me know! I want to make sure I know what’s going on!

I also found out that New Orleans once had a citywide minimum wage that was above the national ( http://www.seiu100.org/index.php?id=425 )
, but it was overturned by a state law that bans local wage standards ( http://www.dsausa.org/lowwage/newsitems/NewOrleans.html ).

A lower court’s ruling on the subject:

( http://www.loyno.edu/~quigley/Livwage/livwagjudg.pdf )

However;

"On September 4, the Louisiana Supreme Court struck down the New Orleans minimum wage law under the 1997 state law that bans local wage standards."

Ok, so after all that, I was wonder in the last five years (particularly after Katrina) has New Orleans put in place a new law that raises minimum wages within the city?

Thanks for your help,

G'z One
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:56 PM
 
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You can be paid no less than the highest minimum wage that applies to you for the first 40 hours of every week. After 40 hours, you are entitled to time and a half.
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Old 03-04-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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I know that in Texas, if you work for tips, you only have to be paid a certain percentage of minimum wage. You can have waiters and bartenders working for I think $2.60 an hour because the rest is assumed to be made up of tips.

This is why I don't like tipping. I shouldn't be responsible for paying the wages of someone else's employees.
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Shreveport, LA
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This is why I don't like tipping. I shouldn't be responsible for paying the wages of someone else's employees.
I've heard this position many times... Either way, you are going to pay the wage. If tipped wages went to regular pay, the cost of your meals would go up to cover it.

Personally, I like tipping. Before college, I worked as a waitress. Now that I'm financially secure, I enjoy tipping heavy for a job well done as I know how appreciated it is.
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