It’s that time of year again. March Madness, spring break, and teens that are looking forward to summer and getting a job, or working extra hours at their current job during spring break. What does this mean as a Minnesota employer?

Wages – The youth wage rate is (as of January 1, 2018) $7.87/hr. for

As the snow has melted (though I suspect it’s not done), I’m hopefully optimistic that it will start to green up – and soon.  As I see the various “help wanted” signs around town, I thought it may be time for a quick thought or two on paying teens in Minnesota this summer.0HCMIT272C

Define “Teen”

MoneyOn February 25, 2016, MNDOLI issued its 2015 Minnesota Minimum Wage Report.  The report details trends and statistics with respect to minimum wage workers in Minnesota, but seemingly only to “toot” Minnesota’s own horn. Adjusted for inflation, Federal minimum wage has dropped 26% from 1974 to 2013, while Minnesota’s minimum wage is about 2% more than it was in 1974.  This means that Minnesota’s employers are paying more now for minimum wage workers than it was in 1974.
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