Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Who Would Get Raises If Voters OK Increase?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Who Would Get Raises If Voters OK Increase?

Article excerpt

The federal minimum wage, set at 25 cents in 1938, was established by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The current minimum wage of $4.75 went into effect Oct. 1 and will rise to $5.15 in September.

"Everyone covered by the federal law will be covered by ours," said Proposition A supporter Craig Robbins.

Proposition A in Missouri would supersede the federal minimum wage, he said. A section in the ballot wording would repeal a provision of current state law that prevents Missouri law from overlapping federal law. Existing law lists several exemptions. Among them, foster parents and handicapped people working in sheltered workshops are not considered employees who must get minimum wage. Jobs that young people tend to get, such as camp counselors, are exempt. So are people in intermittent jobs, such as golf caddies. Other exemptions: Small businesses with less than $500,000 in gross receipts, agricultural workers, volunteers at charitable organizations, and employers' family members. …

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