The Times West Virginian

Business

August 10, 2008

Minimum wage hike

Experts’ thoughts about effect differ

FAIRMONT — As the state and federal minimum wages recently went up, experts have differing thoughts about the potential impact.

In West Virginia, the minimum wage increase was staggered over a period of three years. In July 2006, the pay jumped from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour, and it went up to $6.55 last summer. In July 2008, the state saw the final 70-cent increase, which brought the minimum wage to $7.25.

Barbara Gandy, supervisor for the wage and hour division of the Department of Labor, said the state minimum wage applies to all West Virginia government workers who are covered under the state law. However, there are several exemptions, including for professional administrative staff and supervisory staff, she said.

West Virginia’s minimum wage for covered, nonexempt employees is higher than the federal minimum wage. Some states don’t have minimum wage laws and abide completely by the federal regulations.

“The problem is the state minimum wage does not apply to employers who are also covered under the federal minimum wage requirements,” Gandy said.

The federal minimum wage is a year behind West Virginia’s rate. The federal pay just increased from $5.85 to $6.55 an hour last month and will reach $7.25 in July 2009.

Gandy said the exemptions are completely different under the federal law. West Virginia companies engaged in interstate commerce are under the federal minimum wage law.

“As of right now, almost all private sector employers are covered under the federal minimum wage requirements, which means they have to pay the $6.55,” she said. “Most businesses are under the federal law.”

Jama Jarrett, communications specialist for the West Virginia Department of Commerce, said the state minimum wage mostly affects government employees and a handful of businesses. Most business are involved in interstate commerce, which means they are under the federal wage.

She said the increase in the federal minimum wage will be positive for low-income families and communities.

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