Minimum Wage Adjustments Take Effect July 1

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On Nov. 6, 2018, Missouri voters passed Proposition B legislation, which was a ballot measure that gradually increased the minimum wage over a five-year time span beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The measure exempts government employers from the minimum wage increase and defines a public employer as an employer that is the state or a political subdivision of the state. Although the University falls under the public employer definition and consequently is exempt from the minimum wage increase provision, we believe it is important to offer competitive wages for our workforce. Therefore, during the FY20 budget planning process, Budget Review Committee discussed the need for adjusting minimum wage pay levels of student and temporary employees and consequently recommended to President Vargas that pay rates be adjusted to an institutional minimum wage of $8 per hour for students and $8.50 per hour for temporary employees. These recommendations were approved by the Board of Regents at its June 13, 2019, meeting and will become effective July 1, 2019. Human Resources will automatically update payroll records of active employees with an hourly rate below the institutional minimum, and no action is required on the part of employees or supervisors. Affected employees and their supervisors will receive email notification from Human Resources advising of the updated wage rate. Employees with current pay rates above the new institutional minimum wage rates will not receive an adjustment. Based on a campus wide analysis, student labor and temporary personnel budgets will not be adjusted for FY20, and departments should make appropriate adjustments to cover any additional costs. Questions should be directed to Human Resources at ext. 2206.

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