Arkansas 2015 Minimum Wage Increase

Arkansas increased its 2015 minimum wage rate to $7.50 per hour effective January 1, 2015. The 20 percent increase finally pushes the Arkansas’ State minimum wage rate to a level higher than the Federal minimum wage.

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The current Arkansas minimum wage was established in 2006 and applies to employers with four or more employees, with certain exceptions:

  • Executive, administrative, or professional employees
  • Outside commission-paid salesmen
  • Independent contractors
  • Employees of the United States
  • Certain students and farm laborers

Arkansas Planned Minimum Wage Increases

Arkansas minimum wage workers will see additional increases in 2016 and 2017.

  • 2014: $6.25
  • 2015: $7.50
  • 2016: $8.00
  • 2017: $8.50

Arkansas Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

Tipped workers will not see an increase in their base minimum wage of $2.63, because Arkansas is increasing the allowance for gratuities each year. For math lovers, the equation looks something like this:

(Minimum Wage Rate) – (Gratuity Allowance) = Base Minimum Wage

Arkansas Schedule of Gratuity Allowances

  • 2014: $3.62 per hour
  • 2015: $4.87 per hour
  • 2016: $5.37 per hour
  • 2017: $5.87 per hour

Arkansas Minimum Wage Poster

The Arkansas Minimum Wage poster is required for Arkansas employers with four or more employees and must be displayed in a conspicuous location. The minimum wage posting, along with other postings required for display in Arkansas workplaces, is available as part of the GovDocs Arkansas Poster Compliance Package. Order now and save 20% with coupon code 2015MIN.

The Arkansas Poster Compliance Package includes:

  • How to Claim Unemployment Insurance
  • Workers’ Compensation Notice
  • Notice to Employer/Employee – General (MINIMUM WAGE)
  • Right to Know
  • No Smoking Poster

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