Minimum wage is a hot topic surrounding every profession around the country. Many have been lobbying for higher minimum wages, while others feel the increase is unnecessary at the present time. And while everyone is discussing the topic, it is actually up to each individual state to set the minimum wage laws for themselves.
In Indiana, the minimum wage is currently set to $7.25 per hour. This is complying with the current federal minimum wage law, which is also set at $7.25. All employers are required to abide by this law and failure to do so can lead to extensive penalties.
For jobs involving tips, like a waiter or valet driver, the minimum wage is $2.13. Federal law says that the amount they earn in tips must equal or exceed the regular federal minimum wage for them to be considered a tipped-only employee.
In addition to regular and tipped employees, there are also other laws underneath the minimum wage laws regarding trainees or internship level hires. An employee who is considered an apprentice, or someone who is working to learn from their employer, must be paid minimum wage unless their work is required to receive a certification or license. The same is true for disabled workers, unless they work in certain sectors of a nonprofit organization, and for learners. Medical students who have completed their full four years of medical school and are working as residents are exempt from this in Indiana. If an employee is training and under the age of 20, their minimum wage in Indiana is set to $4.25 an hour for their first 90 days.
In addition to these, there are a lot of laws, exemptions, and exceptions for certain employers and employees. If you feel you have been unfairly paid or that your employer is withholding your wages, it’s imperative that you contact a wage and hour attorney today. Stewart & Stewart are experts in wage and hour, specifically for Indiana residents, and are here to fight for your rights concerning the Indiana minimum wage, overtime work, and compensation. Give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.