Missouri Minimum Wage Stays Steady for 2010; Illinois on the Rise

What’s the minimum wage and exactly who does it apply to?

The Missouri minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour which was effective July 24, 2009. The Illinois minimum wage will remain at $8.00 per hour through June 30, 2010, then increase to $8.25 per hour effective July 1, 2010. Employees under the age of 20 can continue to be paid $4.25 per hour during their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer. Employers of “tipped employees” must comply with minimum wage laws, but can claim a tip credit against their minimum wage obligation.