Must Young Workers Be Paid The Minimum Wage?

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Must young workers be paid the minimum wage?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires payment of at least the Federal minimum wage to covered, nonexempt employees.  However, a special minimum wage of $4.25 per hour applies to employees under the age of 20 during their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer. After 90 days, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay the full Federal minimum wage.

Other programs that allow for payment of less than the full Federal minimum wage apply to workers with disabilitiesfull-time students, and student-learners employed pursuant to sub-minimum wage certificates. These programs are not limited to the employment of young workers.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, “Must young workers be paid the minimum wage?” website. Accessed July 1, 2020.

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