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Youth Minimum Wage Enacted in South Dakota


Effective March 20, 2015, South Dakota employers may pay employees under the age of 18 a reduced minimum wage of $7.50 per hour, which is not subject to the annual minimum wage adjustment under statute Section 60-11-3.2.

The new law, which takes effect on July 1, also prohibits employers from displacing any employee, including a partial displacement through a reduction of hours, wages or employment benefits, in order to hire an employee at the reduced youth rate.

The voter initiative also set the state minimum wage rate at $8.50 per hour for 2015.

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