State House passes minimum wage bill

Hawaii State Capitol
Hawaii State Capitol

The State House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would raise the minimum wage in Hawaii.

SB2609, SD1, HD2 updates the state’s minimum wage requirements by increasing the minimum wage each year from 2015 to 2018 to $7.75, $8.50, 9.25, and $10.00 respectively.

The bill also adjusts the tip credit to fifty cents per hour in 2015 and seventy-five cents per hour in 2016 provided that the combined amount the employee earns in salary and in tips is at least $7.00 more than the applicable minimum wage.

The tip credit is the amount an employer can withhold from a tipped employee.

Because the House version of the bill differs from the Senate version, the bill will next head to conference committee to negotiate differences in the measures.

The Senate draft had higher wage steps and did not specify the tip credit amounts.

The minimum wage in Hawaii has been $7.25 an hour since January 1, 2007.

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