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Substitute Bill No. 5291

    February Session, 2012

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM WAGE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (j) of section 31-58 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2013):

(j) "Minimum fair wage" in any industry or occupation in this state means a wage of not less than six dollars and seventy cents per hour, and effective January 1, 2003, not less than six dollars and ninety cents per hour, and effective January 1, 2004, not less than seven dollars and ten cents per hour, and effective January 1, 2006, not less than seven dollars and forty cents per hour, and effective January 1, 2007, not less than seven dollars and sixty-five cents per hour, and effective January 1, 2009, not less than eight dollars per hour, and effective January 1, 2010, not less than eight dollars and twenty-five cents per hour, and effective January 1, 2013, not less than eight dollars and seventy-five cents per hour, and effective January 1, 2014, not less than nine dollars and twenty-five cents per hour or one-half of one per cent rounded to the nearest whole cent more than the highest federal minimum wage, whichever is greater, except as may otherwise be established in accordance with the provisions of this part. Effective July 1, 2014, and not later than each July fifteenth thereafter, the Labor Commissioner shall announce an adjustment in the minimum fair wage which shall be equal to the percentage increase between the last complete calendar year and the previous calendar year in the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers in the northeast urban area of New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA, with no seasonal adjustment, as calculated by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the amount of the minimum fair wage increase rounded to the nearest five cents. The minimum fair wage plus the adjustment announced by the Labor Commissioner on July fifteenth shall become the new minimum fair wage and shall be effective on the January first immediately following. All wage orders in effect on October 1, 1971, wherein a lower minimum fair wage has been established, are amended to provide for the payment of the minimum fair wage herein established except as hereinafter provided. Whenever the highest federal minimum wage is increased, the minimum fair wage established under this part shall be increased to the amount of said federal minimum wage plus one-half of one per cent more than said federal rate, rounded to the nearest whole cent, effective on the same date as the increase in the highest federal minimum wage, and shall apply to all wage orders and administrative regulations then in force. The rates for learners, beginners, and persons under the age of eighteen years shall be not less than eighty-five per cent of the minimum fair wage for the first two hundred hours of such employment and equal to the minimum fair wage thereafter, except institutional training programs specifically exempted by the commissioner.

Sec. 2. Subsection (b) of section 31-60 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2013):

(b) The Labor Commissioner shall adopt such regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, as may be appropriate to carry out the purposes of this part. Such regulations may include, but are not limited to, regulations defining and governing an executive, administrative or professional employee and outside salesperson; learners and apprentices, their number, proportion and length of service; and piece rates in relation to time rates; and shall recognize, as part of the minimum fair wage, gratuities in an amount (1) equal to twenty-nine and three-tenths per cent, and effective January 1, 2009, equal to thirty-one per cent, and effective January 1, 2013, equal to thirty-three and seven-tenths per cent, and effective January 1, 2014, equal to thirty-seven and three-tenths per cent of the minimum fair wage per hour for persons, other than bartenders, who are employed in the hotel and restaurant industry, including a hotel restaurant, who customarily and regularly receive gratuities, (2) equal to eight and two-tenths per cent, and effective January 1, 2009, equal to eleven per cent, and effective January 1, 2013, equal to sixteen and one-tenth per cent, and effective January 1, 2014, equal to twenty and seven-tenths per cent of the minimum fair wage per hour for persons employed as bartenders who customarily and regularly receive gratuities, and (3) not to exceed thirty-five cents per hour in any other industry, and shall also recognize deductions and allowances for the value of board, in the amount of eighty-five cents for a full meal and forty-five cents for a light meal, lodging, apparel or other items or services supplied by the employer; and other special conditions or circumstances which may be usual in a particular employer-employee relationship. The commissioner may provide, in such regulations, modifications of the minimum fair wage herein established for learners and apprentices; persons under the age of eighteen years; and for such special cases or classes of cases as the commissioner finds appropriate to prevent curtailment of employment opportunities, avoid undue hardship and safeguard the minimum fair wage herein established. Regulations in effect on July 1, 1973, providing for a board deduction and allowance in an amount differing from that provided in this section shall be construed to be amended consistent with this section without the necessity of convening a wage board or amending such regulations.

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 31-68 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2013):

(a) If any employee is paid by his or her employer less than the minimum fair wage or overtime wage to which he or she is entitled under sections 31-58, as amended by this act, 31-59 and 31-60, as amended by this act, or by virtue of a minimum fair wage order he [may] or she shall recover, in a civil action, [twice the full amount of such minimum wage less any amount actually paid to him by the employer, with] three times the amount of unpaid minimum fair wages, including interest thereon calculated in accordance with the provisions of section 31-265 from the date the wages should have been received, had they been paid in a timely manner, and costs and such reasonable attorney's fees as may be allowed by the court, and any agreement between him and his employer to work for less than such minimum fair wage or overtime wage shall be no defense to such action. The commissioner may collect [the full] three times the amount of unpaid minimum fair wages or unpaid overtime wages to which an employee is entitled under said sections or order, as well as interest calculated in accordance with the provisions of section 31-265 from the date the wages should have been received, had they been paid in a timely manner. In addition, the commissioner may bring any legal action necessary to recover [twice] three times the full amount of the unpaid minimum fair wages or unpaid overtime wages to which the employee is entitled under said sections or under an order, plus interest thereon, and the employer shall be required to pay the costs and such reasonable attorney's fees as may be allowed by the court. The commissioner shall distribute any wages or interest collected pursuant to this section to the employee or in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

January 1, 2013

31-58(j)

Sec. 2

January 1, 2013

31-60(b)

Sec. 3

January 1, 2013

31-68(a)

LAB

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

APP

Joint Favorable