7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends Title 34, Chapter 40, Utah Minimum Wage Act.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ provides that:
13 • the minimum wage for a private or public employee within the state is $12.00
14 per hour;
15 • the cash wage obligation for a tipped employee within the state is $5.00 per
16 hour; and
17 • on the first day of every even-numbered year, beginning on January 1, 2018, the
18 minimum wage and the cash wage obligation shall increase by a percentage
19 equal to the percentage difference between the average of the Consumer Price
20 Index for the two preceding calendar years and the Consumer Price Index for
21 calendar year 2015; and
22 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
23 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 34-40-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 151
30 34-40-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 375
31 34-40-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
32 34-40-106, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 287
34 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
35 Section 1. Section 34-40-102 is amended to read:
36 34-40-102. Definitions.
37 (1) This chapter and the terms used in it, including the computation of wages, shall be
38 interpreted consistently with 29 U.S.C. Sec. 201 et seq., the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938,
39 as amended, to the extent that act relates to the payment of a minimum wage.
40 (2) As used in this chapter:
41 (a) "Cash wage obligation" means an hourly wage that an employer pays a tipped
42 employee regardless of the tips or gratuities [
43 (b) "Commission" means the Labor Commission created in Section 34A-1-103.
44 (c) "Division" means the Division of Antidiscrimination and Labor [
46 (d) "Minimum wage" means the state minimum hourly wage for an adult [
47 employee as established under this chapter[
48 (e) "Minor" means an individual who is 16 years of age or younger.
50 receives tips or gratuities.
51 Section 2. Section 34-40-103 is amended to read:
52 34-40-103. Minimum wage and cash wage obligation -- Commission to review
53 and modify minimum wage and cash wage obligation.
54 (1) [
55 within the state [
69 (2) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
70 commission may establish by rule a minimum hourly wage for minors that is different from the
71 minimum wage described in Subsection (1).
72 (3) The cash wage obligation for a tipped employee within the state is $5.00 per hour.
73 (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), on the first day of every
74 even-numbered year, beginning on January 1, 2018, the minimum wage and the cash wage
75 obligation shall increase by a percentage equal to the percentage difference between the
76 average of the Consumer Price Index for the two preceding calendar years and the Consumer
77 Price Index for calendar year 2015.
78 (b) If the percentage difference described in Subsection (4)(a) is negative, the
79 minimum wage and the cash wage obligation do not change.
80 (c) For purposes of Subsection (4)(a), the Consumer Price Index shall be calculated as
81 provided in 26 U.S.C. Sections 1(f)(4) and (5).
82 (5) The commission shall post, on the home page of the commission's website, a
83 conspicuous and clearly identified link to the current minimum wage and the current cash wage
85 Section 3. Section 34-40-104 is amended to read:
86 34-40-104. Exemptions.
87 (1) [
88 Standards Act of 1938, 29 U.S.C. Section 201 et seq., as amended, the minimum wage
89 established in this chapter does not apply to:
95 unable to care for themselves;
98 programs, and nonprofit educational and charitable organizations registered under Title 13,
99 Chapter 22, Charitable Solicitations Act;
103 (i) is principally engaged in the range production of livestock;
104 (ii) is employed as a harvest laborer and is paid on a piece rate basis in an operation
105 that has been and is generally recognized by custom as having been paid on a piece rate basis in
106 the region of employment;
107 (iii) was employed in agriculture less than 13 weeks during the preceding calendar
108 year; or
109 (iv) is a retired or semiretired person performing part-time or incidental work as a
110 condition of the employee's residence on a farm or ranch;
112 which they are enrolled; or
114 establishment with permanent structures and facilities if the other direct monetary
115 compensation from tips, incentives, commissions, end-of-season bonus, or other forms of pay
116 is sufficient to cause the average hourly rate of total compensation for the season of seasonal
117 hourly employees who continue to work to the end of the operating season to equal the
118 applicable minimum wage if the seasonal amusement establishment:
119 (i) does not operate for more than seven months in any calendar year; or
120 (ii) during the preceding calendar year its average receipts for any six months of that
121 year were not more than 33-1/3% of its average receipts for the other six months of that year.
122 (2) (a) Persons with a disability whose earnings or productive capacities are impaired
123 by age, physical or mental deficiencies, or injury may be employed at wages that are lower than
124 the minimum wage, provided the wage is related to the employee's productivity.
125 (b) The commission may establish and regulate the wages paid or wage scales for
126 persons with a disability.
127 (3) The commission may establish or may set a lesser minimum wage for learners not
128 to exceed the first 160 hours of employment.
129 (4) (a) An employer of a tipped employee shall pay the tipped employee at least the
130 minimum wage established by this chapter.
131 (b) In computing a tipped employee's wage under this Subsection (4), an employer of a
132 tipped employee:
133 (i) shall pay the tipped employee at least the cash wage obligation as an hourly wage;
135 (ii) may compute the remainder of the tipped employee's wage using the tips or
136 gratuities the tipped employee actually receives.
137 (c) An employee shall retain all tips and gratuities except to the extent that the
138 employee participates in a bona fide tip pooling or sharing arrangement with other tipped
143 Section 4. Section 34-40-106 is amended to read:
144 34-40-106. Limitations on minimum wage imposed by cities, towns, or counties.
145 (1) A city, town, or county may not establish, mandate, or require a minimum wage
146 that exceeds the [
148 (2) (a) A city, town, or county may not require that a person who contracts with the
149 city, town, or county pay [
150 minimum wage [
151 described in Section 34-40-103.
152 (b) Subsection (2)(a) does not apply when federal law requires the payment of a
153 specified wage to persons working on projects funded in whole or in part by federal funds.
154 (c) Subsection (2)(a) applies to contracts executed on or after [
156 (3) (a) If a city, town, or county contracts with a person for the direct purchase of goods
157 or services, in awarding or otherwise executing that contract, the city, town, or county may not
158 give any preferential treatment to a person on the basis that the person pays that person's
159 employees a wage that exceeds the minimum wage [
161 (b) This Subsection (3) does not apply when federal law requires the consideration of
162 whether a person pays the person's employees a specified wage to persons working on projects
163 funded in whole or in part by federal funds.
164 (c) This Subsection (3) applies to contracts executed on or after [
166 (4) (a) The restrictions of this section on a city, town, or county apply to any entity
167 created by the city, town, or county.
168 (b) This Subsection (4) applies to contracts executed on or after [
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