OREGON COUNTY -- As of Jan. 1 the Missouri minimum wage increased by $1.35 an hour, from $5.15 to $6.50 an hour. Missouri voters approved that proposal Nov. 7. Oregon County voters passed the issue 2,674 votes to 982 votes.
The new law also requires the state minimum wage to adjust annually beginning Jan. 1, 2008, based on changes in the consumer price index.
The new minimum wage law applies to Missouri retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are $500,000 or more.
Employers will be responsible for keeping a record of the following information for a period of at least three years: name, address and occupation of each employee; the rate of pay; the amount paid each pay period to each employee; the hours worked each day and each workweek by the employee; any goods or services provided by the employer to the employee as provided under the law.
A summary of wage regulations must be posted in a conspicuous and accessible place for employees to view.
The change in the law also gives the Missouri Division of Labor Standards the responsibility to educate the public and investigate complaints to assure compliance with the new law.
To lear more about the new law or to print a minimum wage poster employees can call the Missouri Division of Labor Standards