Preparing for a Minimum Wage Increase
It's that time of year! Minimum wage increases will happen January 1, 2019 for SEVERAL states, which all have the minimum set higher than the Federal $7.25 requirement. In preparation for the increases, review the rate table and perform a basic compensation analysis for other wage scenarios to avoid potential wage and hour risk.
Perform a Compensation Analysis
- Re-Calculate exempt employees salary requirements. To ensure it meets California state exempt employee salary requirements after the minimum wage increase. * Note: this is a CA state requirement for exempt employees. City Ordinances do not apply to the state salary threshold obligations. California state obligates employers to pay at least two times the state minimum wage for exempt employees. When state minimum wage increases, so must this salary threshold for exempt employees.
- Review Overtime/double-time and other pay calculations. Make sure they reflect all changes and amendments to the wage and hour laws (state and federal) effective January 1, 2019. Overtime/double-time, meal periods, weighted average and regular rates of pay for blended rates, etc.
- Adjust the minimum wage threshold for piece-rate or other complex wage calculations.Do not forget about the employees paid in alternative methods, for example, piece-rate, commission, bonuses etc. All non exempt employees, no matter the method and complex wage calculations performed, must earn at least the federal, state or local ordinance minimum wage requirement for all hours worked including overtime (if applicable according to hours worked).
How Can OnePoint Help?
Working with OnePoint puts all of your employee data, time and attendance and wage history in one place. Real-time system updates makes it easier perform wage audits faster and more accurately to stay compliant. Quick compensation rate reports provide current compensation rates for each of your employees. Run the base compensation history report and apply a filter to only display current rates to quickly verify pay rates.
Increases Scheduled for January 1, 2019
State and Local Minimum Wage Changes:
There are 42 localities that have adopted minimum wages above their state minimum wage. Please access any number of public resources available to monitor changes to the minimum wage rate at the county or city level.
2. SHRM Members Can access: Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality