Minimum wage bill introduced in legislature

Minimum wage bill introduced in legislature
Arkansas State Capitol (Source: KAIT-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A bill that would seek to exempt several groups from an increase in the state minimum wage act approved by voters last fall was introduced Wednesday in the Arkansas state legislature.

Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville and Rep. Fran Cavenaugh, R-Walnut Ridge, would provide exceptions to the minimum wage law that resulted from Initiated Act 5.

The exemptions include people under the age of 18, as well as“an individual, partnership, association, corporation, business trust or person or group acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in relation to an employee for any work week in which fewer than four employees are employed,” educational institutions including public or private preschools, elementary schools, secondary school, vocational institutions, technical institutions, post-secondary institution or an institution of higher education.

The bill would also seek to exempt “an individual, partnership, association, corporation, business trust, or person or group or persons that employs fewer that fifty (50) full-time employees" as well as non-profit organizations that were in effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

The bill was referred to the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, according to the state legislative website.

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