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S.80

AN ACT RELATING TO INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE

The House proposes to the Senate to amend the bill by striking Sec. 1 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  21 V.S.A. § 384(a) is amended to read:

(a)  An employer shall not employ an employee at a rate less than $6.25 an hour, beginning on January 1, 2004 at a rate less than $6.75 an hour, and beginning on January 1, 2005 at a rate less than $7.00 an hour, and beginning January 1, 2006, at a rate less than $7.25, and beginning January 1, 2007, and on each subsequent January 1, the minimum wage rate shall be increased by the lesser of five percent or the percentage of annual increase in the state average weekly wage as calculated by the department of employment and training pursuant to subsection 1338(g) of this title and used to adjust workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation benefits under this title during the preceding year.  The minimum wage rate shall be rounded off to the nearest $0.01.  An employer in the hotel, motel, tourist place, and restaurant industry shall not employ a service or tipped employee beginning on January 1, 2004 at a basic wage rate less than $3.58 an hour, beginning on January 1, 2005 at a basic wage rate less than $3.65 an hour and thereafter at a rate to be determined when the minimum wage is increased.  For the purposes of this subsection, “a service or tipped employee” means all those, in either hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants an employee of a hotel, motel, tourist place, or restaurant who customarily and regularly receives more than $30.00 per month in tips for direct and personal customer service.  If the minimum wage rate established by the United States government is greater than the rate established for Vermont for any year, the minimum wage rate for that year shall be the rate established by the United States government.

 

 



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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