Hawai‘i Minimum Wage to Increase to $10.10 in 2018

December 29, 2017, 8:45 AM HST · Updated December 29, 8:45 AM
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The minimum wage in Hawaiʻi will increase to $10.10 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.  The increase is part of a step increase approved under Act 82, Session Laws of Hawaiʻi (2014).

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations notes that this is the fourth and final rise in the minimum wage since 2015 which included the following step increases:

  • $7.25 to $7.75 on Jan. 1, 2015;
  • to $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2016; and
  • to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2017.

Previously, the minimum wage had stayed the same for eight years when it remained at $7.25 from Jan. 1, 2007 through Jan. 1, 2015.

“The Legislature also created a new administrative process for wage law along with a new, minimum $500 penalty to act as a deterrent, and both employers and workers should be aware of the requirements under the law,” said DLIR acting Director Leonard Hoshijo.

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The Payment of Wages and Other Compensation Law, Chapter 388, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, details the requirements of paying wages. Workers should be aware of the following requirements for employers:

  • The rate of pay should be given at the time of hiring, along with the time and place of payment,
  • Any changes to payment agreements require advance notice either in writing or in a posting at the worksite,
  • Paychecks are due at least twice a month,
  • Paychecks should be issued within seven days after the end of the pay period, and
  • Full wages are due at the time of termination.

For more information about payment of wages in Hawaiʻi go to the Wage Standards Division website.

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