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State House passes bill to increase minimum wage

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:23 p.m. HST, Apr 08, 2014


State House lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that will raise the minimum wage in Hawaii. 

In its current form, the bill raises Hawaii's minimum wage by 50 cents beginning next year and by 75 cents a year until it hits $10 an hour in 2018. 

It doubles the existing tip credit to 50 cents but restricts it to employees whose wages and tips together exceed the minimum wage by at least $7 an hour. The tip credit is the amount an employer can withhold from the wages of a worker who also earns tips.

However, the measure's details may still have to be hammered out in conference with the Senate.

Hawaii's minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2007.






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