Missouri Labor Laws

In 2022, Missouri’s state minimum wage is $11.15 per hour.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $5.15 per hour.

In calculating the overtime rate for the tipped employee, the restaurateur must multiply the minimum wage ($10.30 per hour) by 1½ (1.5), subtract the tip credit ($5.15 per hour), multiply that figure by the number of overtime hours worked, and then add that sum to their 40-hour total.

There are currently no Missouri state laws regarding breaks or lunch periods. These issues might be addressed by company policy, or could be covered by union contract. 

If an employer pays a processing fee to accept credit cards from customers (for example, 3% of the total bill charged to the credit card), and that customer leaves a tip as part of the credit card payment, the employer may be allowed to deduct the employee’s share of the credit card processing charge (for example, 3%) of the bill charged to the card the employee realizes in Missouri. Employers are allowed to do this because Missouri law does not specifically address this issue.

Employers are not required to provide paid or unpaid sick leave but must comply with their own established policies in their employer / employee contract if they choose to implement one.


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