Due to the $12 Minimum Wage Initiative that passed in November, employers in Missouri must display a new poster in their workplaces on January 1, 2019.

Details of the 2019 Minimum Wage Law

New Minimum Wage Rates and Requirements

Missouri’s new Minimum Wage law calls for minimum wage increases of 85 cents each year through 2023, with the first increase effective January 1, 2019.

The new Minimum Wage notice, which has a revision date of November 2018, states that the law applies to all private, non-exempt businesses. It does not apply to public employers.

On January 1, 2019, Missouri’s minimum wage rate increases to $8.60 per hour. The wage rate for tipped employees increases to $4.30 per hour. As in the previous law, the tipped wage plus an employee’s tips must equal at least the minimum wage.

Here is a list of the future minimum wage increases for Missouri:

  • As of January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will be $9.45 per hour.
  • As of January 1, 2021, the minimum wage will be $10.30 per hour.
  • As of January 1, 2022, the minimum wage will be $11.15 per hour.
  • As of January 1, 2023, the minimum wage will be $12.00 per hour.

On January 1, 2024, and every year thereafter, the minimum wage will either increase or decrease based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

We’ve got one last update to share related to Missouri’s Minimum Wage law. Employers should be aware that if they pay an employee less than the required minimum wage, they are now liable for the full amount of wages due to that employee, plus twice the amount left unpaid as liquidated damages, less any amount actually paid.

As on the previous Minimum Wage notice, those who need additional information about Missouri’s minimum wage can go to the following website: labor.mo.gov/DLS/MinimumWage.

Compliance Made Easy

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to order our OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan, so that you will automatically receive the updated Missouri poster as soon as it is ready. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the plan year, you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep you in compliance.