SubMinimum Wage/ Youth Minimum Wage


The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows employers to pay certain individuals below the minimum wage. This includes:student-learners (vocational education students), full-time students employed by retail or service establishments, agriculture, or institutions of higher education.Also included are individuals whose earning or productive capacity is impaired by a physical or mental disability, which includes those related to age or injury, for the work to be performed.

Subminimum wage is designed to prevent the loss of employment opportunities for these individuals.The Department of Laborís Wage & Hour Division issues certificates, which is required for this type of employment.

The youth minimum wage, authorized by the FLSA, allows employers to pay employees under the age of 20 years a lower wage for 90 calendar days after they are first employed. Any wage above $4.25 an hour may be paid to eligible workers during this 90-day period.





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